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Associate Professor, Communication, University of Toronto

Nicole S. Cohen is an Associate professor at the University of Toronto (Institute of Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology and the Faculty of Information). She is the author of Writers’ Rights: Freelance Journalism in a Digital Age (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016), which received the 2017 Gertrude J. Robinson Book Prize from the Canadian Communication Association. She is co-author, with Greig de Peuter, of New Media Unions: Organizing Digital Journalists (Routledge, 2020)

Nicole researches in the area of political economy of communication, specifically work and labour in the media and cultural industries, media and cultural worker organizing, and journalism. New research focuses on gender, race, and work in digital journalism. Nicole collaborates on the SSHRC-funded project Cultural Workers Organize and, with Greig de Peuter and Enda Brophy, is writing a book on cultural workers’ collective responses to precarity for Pluto Press.

Nicole's academic research has been published internationally in books, journals, and magazines, including South Atlantic Quarterly, The Communication Review, The European Journal of Cultural Studies, Digital Journalism, Feminist Media Studies, the Canadian Journal of Communication, and Frieze. Her co-authored article with de Peuter and Brophy — “Interns Unite! You Have Nothing To Lose (Literally)”—won the 2013 CWA Canada/CAJ Award For Labour Reporting.


  • 2019–present
    Associate Professor, University of Toronto


  • 2013 
    York University , Communication and Culture