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Nicolette Little

Critical Media Studies Instructor and PhD Candidate, University of Calgary

Nicolette Little, PhD-C, is a critical media studies instructor and PhD Candidate at the University of Calgary. Her research interests include grassroots media interventions in gender-based violence (GBV), digital feminisms, and mediated misogyny.
Nicolette advised the federal government’s Status of Women Committee for its 2017 Violence Against Young Women and Girls (VAYWAG) study and advises national media (e.g., CBC & Toronto Star) regarding so-called ‘incels.’ Her recent publications include “GBV-Related Mourning on a Social Network Site: Leah Parsons’ ‘Facebooked’ Grief and the Angel Rehtaeh Parsons Page” (2019) and “Social Media ‘Ghosts’ and Platform Violence: How Facebook Complicates Healing for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence” (forthcoming, 2021). Last year, she contributed to a CBC podcast, Boys Like Me (2021), on topics related to gendered hate online.
Prior to attending U ofC, Nicolette was an English and Communications Professor at Sheridan College (ON, 2009-2016), where she also spearheaded initiatives to raise awareness about consent, both at the college and in the surrounding communities. For these efforts, Nicolette received the United Way’s Top 20 Under 40 Award (2015) and an Everyday Hero Professor’s Award (Sheridan College, 2016). Nicolette’s PhD and MA research were funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada; she is a recipient of provincial and private research grants; and she received national finalist recognition by the Trudeau Foundation of Canada for her leadership, community advocacy, and research efforts.

Experience

  • –present
    Critical Media Studies Instructor and PhD Candidate, University of Calgary

Education

  • 2022 
    University of Calgary, PhD-C, Critical Media and Communication Studies

Publications

  • 2019
    GBV-related mourning on a social network site: Leah Parsons’ ‘Facebooked’ grief and the Angel Rehtaeh Parsons Page, Feral Feminisms: Critical Interventions in Rape Culture
  • 2017
    Expert witness submission to the Status of Women Committee, OpenParliament.ca

Grants and Contracts

  • 2020
    University of Calgary Chancellor's Award
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    University of Calgary
  • 2018
    Henry and Laura Jacques Graduate Scholarship
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    University of Calgary
  • 2018
    SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship
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    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • 2017
    Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship
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    Province of Alberta
  • 2016
    Micas Globalink International Research Award
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    Mitacs
  • 2005
    SSHRC Masters CGS
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    Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Professional Memberships

  • Board Member - Discovery House Domestic Violence Prevention Agency
  • Member - PREVNet (Promoting Relationships and Eliminating Violence Network)
  • Member - Society for Cinema and Media Studies
  • Member - Canadian Communication Association

Honours

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2007, 2018); Top 20 Under 40 (United Way); Trudeau Foundation National Finalist