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Nina L. Cole

Nina Cole is a cultural studies Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis, with designated emphases in performance and practice and feminist theory and research. Her dissertation focuses on Los Angeles’ vintage Jamaican music scene, a local, cross-cultural music community cohering around a shared affinity for the popular music of 1960s Jamaica (ska, rocksteady and reggae). Using oral history interviews, participatory practice and archival analysis, her research engages themes of self-fashioning and social belonging, subcultures and music scenes and the interplay between style, authenticity and nostalgia. She began academic research on Jamaican popular music as a graduate student in geography at California State University, Los Angeles. Nina’s involvement with this music scene started in the early 1990s, first as a participant and later as a drummer and record selector, activities she continues to pursue. At the University of California, Davis, she works as a teaching assistant across departments, including American studies, humanities and women’s studies.

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