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Nicole Files-Thompson, Ph.D.

Nicole Files-Thompson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Mass Communications Department

Nicole Files-Thompson is an Associate Professor of Communication and Chair of the department of mass communication at Lincoln University. She entered academia after having worked in television as a producer and writer. As a Frederick Douglass Doctoral fellow at Howard University, she earned graduate certificates in distance learning, women’s studies and Preparing Future Faculty.

Her interdisciplinary research engages the theory, practice, and epistemology of marginalized groups through interdisciplinary paradigms and the scholarship of teaching and learning. She also focuses on constituting, touring, and empowering sexual identities, via the critical questions: What constitutes sexual identities? How do spaces, (touring), negotiate sexual identities? How are sexual identities empowered/self-empowered?

As a teacher-scholar, Nicole Files-Thompson has developed and taught 24 courses across the communications discipline, delivered numerous lectures and conference presentations, helped to develop and implement mass communications curriculum, undergraduate research, study abroad, and pathways to graduate school for students of color. She was awarded the Outstanding Ph.D. Dissertation award in Fethiye Turkey. Her professional engagement includes holding leadership positions in the National Communications Association (NCA), and the Eastern Communications Association (ECA).


PhD Mass Communications and Media Studies, Howard University
Graduate Certificate Women’s Studies, Howard University
Graduate Certificate Preparing Future Faculty, Howard University
MA Moving Image Studies, Georgia State University
BA Film Production, Howard University


  • Files-Thompson, N. (2018). Fostering classroom dialogue through Beyoncé’s Formation. Women & Language, 40 (forthcoming fall issue).
  • Eguchi, S., Files-Thompson. N. & Calafell, B.M. (2018). Queer(of color) aesthetics: fleeting Moments of transgression in VH1’s Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood season 2. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 35 (2), 180-193. DOI: 10.1080/15295036.2017.1385822
  • Cupid, J. & Files-Thompson, N. (2016). The “Visual Album:” Beyoncé, feminism, and digital spaces. In, Trier-Bieniek, A (Ed), The Beyoncé Effect: Essays on Sexuality, Race and  Feminism (pp. 94-108). Jefferson, NC: McFarland Publishing.
  • Eguchi, S., Calafell, B. M., & Files-Thompson, N. (2014).  Intersectionality and Quare theory: Fantasizing male same-sex relationships in Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom, Communication, Culture, & Critique, 7, 371-389.
  • Files-Thompson, N. (2014)Why Did I Get Married - to her? Women’s place in middle-class marriage. In R. Jackson & J. Bell (Eds.), Interpreting Tyler Perry: Perspectives on Race, Class, and Sexuality (pp. 129-140). New York, NY: Routledge.
  • Files-Thompson, N. (2013). An intersectional analysis of sexuality in the tourist space. In M. Kozak & N. Kozak (Eds.), Aspects of Tourist Behavior (pp. 139-156). New Castle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Files-Thompson, N. & Starosta, W.J. (2012). Sexuality on the beach: Understanding  empowerment and the fluidity of power in the experiences of African American women on Jamaican holiday.  In M.Kozak & N. Kozak (Eds.), Proceedings 7th World Conference for Graduate Research in Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure (pp. 1196-1202). Ankara, Turkey:Anatolia.