nicole morse

Nicole Morse



Phone : 561-297-3083

Pronouns: they/them/theirs

PhD, University of Chicago, Department of Cinema & Media Studies, 2018
BFA, Film Conservatory, State University of New York at Purchase College, 2010

Areas of Expertise
Cinema Studies, New Media, Social Media, Trans Studies, Gender Studies, Queer Theory, Documentary Production

Dr. Morse's research specializes in LGBTQ cultural production, including cinema, television, new media, and popular culture. Using the methods of textual analysis, oral history, and videographic criticism, they examine how LGBTQ people craft media representations, use media politically, and interpret media as spectators.

Across their research and teaching, Dr. Morse focus on media that examines diversity within LGBTQ communities, especially issues related to race, class, incarceration, and misogyny. Their work explores how this media contributes to alternative political possibilities through artistic form and participatory spectatorship. In this way, their research agenda seeks to bridge the artificial divide between scholarship focusing on formal analysis of texts and scholarship on the history and cultural significance of social movements.

Their book Selfie Aesthetics: Seeing Trans Feminist Futures in Self-Representational Art examines how trans feminine artists explore transition, selfhood, and relationships between self and others through their use of a set of artistic strategies that Dr. Morse calls “selfie aesthetics.”

Through Their research and teaching, they attend to the experience of encountering media and how people make meaning from these encounters in multiple ways, including by engaging with artistic form, their own ethical commitments, and their community networks.

Recent Publications
Nicole Erin Morse and Lauren Herold, “Beyond the Gaze: Seeing and Being Seen in Contemporary Queer Media,” Jump Cut: A Review of Contemporary Media, vol. 60 (2021).

“A Frown Turned Upside Down: Hypervisibility and Obscurity in Vivek Shraya’s Trauma Clown (2019),” Public 62 (2021): pp. 28-37.

“Where Do Aliens Pee?: Bathroom Selfies, Trans Activism, and Reimagining Spaces,” in Media Crossroads: Intersections of Space and Identity in Screen Cultures, edited by Angel Daniel Matos, Paula J. Massood, and Pamela Robertson Wojcik (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, March 2021): pp. 21-33.

“A Madea Sensation: Paradox and Trans Feminist Possibilities in Tyler Perry’s Work,” Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture 42, no. 3 (Fall 2020), pp.332-355.
“Authenticity, Captioned: Hashtags, Emojis, and Visibility Politics in Alok Vaid-Menon’s Selfies,” Media/Culture, vol. 20, no. 3 (2017).

“Seeing Double: Visibility, Alternative Temporality, and Transfeminine History in Transparent,” Jump Cut 57 (2016),

“A Double-Take on Reality Television: Laverne Cox’s Political and Pedagogical Gestural Humor,” Feminist Media Studies, vol. 16 (2016), pp. 168-180.

“Pornography in Sex Research: The Construction of Sex, Gender, & Sexual Orientation,” Porn Studies, vol. 2, no. 4 (2016), pp. 314-328. 

Review of Ilan Stavans’s “I Love My Selfie” for boundary2

“Daughter, Mother, Mirror: Zackary Drucker's Southern For Pussy,” Open TV – Beta (2015),  


COM 4094: Media and Sexual Idenities
MMC 4501: Media Criticism
MMC 4263: Media, Culture, and Technology


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