zoom picDr. Nicole Ashanti McFarlane thinks about how African Americans engage technologies to compose spaces of color and preside over Blackness in the public sphere.

With her academic foundation in Political Science and African American Literature, Nicole began her career in the early days of music file sharing. These connections soon led Nicole to join the founding staff of SlamJamz, an online music site created by hip-hop pioneer and sonic visionary, Chuck D. Such academic and practical immersion in online publics focuses her interests in digital publics, pop culture, and social activism.

Currently Nicole teaches courses in race and digital rhetorics where she is a tenured Associate Professor of English, Creative & Professional Writing at Fayetteville State University (a constituent campus of University of North Carolina).