Nicole Erin Morse


BFA State University of New York at Purchase College (2010)

Teaching Experience: 


Chicago Center for Teaching Fellow (June 2017 - June 2018) UChicago;

Lector, Academic and Professional Writing - LRS (Spring 2017) UChicago;

Guest Lecturer, Avant Garde Cinema and Video Art (Spring 2017) School of the Art Insitute of Chicago;

Course Assistant, Documentary Production II (Winter 2017) UChicago.



Course Asssitant, Introduction to Film (Autumn 2016) UChicago;

Course Assistant, Film and the Moving Image (Spring 2016) UChicago;

Lector, Academic and Profssional Writing - LRS (Winter 2016) UChicago



Learning Assistant, Cinematic Expressions I & II, SUNY Purchase



Teaching Assistant, Culture and Society in the West II, SUNY Purchase


Research Interests: 

To date, my research has focused on questions of gender, race, and self-representation in television, new media, and pornography. My dissertation examines selfies and self-representational art by trans women and transfeminine people, analyzing how these artists and selfie creators use selfie aesthetics to interrogate intimacy, narcissism, visibility, doubling, and the archive. My research has been published in Porn Studies, Feminist Media Studies, and Jump Cut. As a filmmaker, I work primarily in participatory documentary and essay film.


"Selfie Aesthetics: Form, Performance, and Transfeminist Politics in Self-Representational Art"

Presentations & Publications: 


"Authenticity, Captioned: Hashtags, Enojis, 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), (DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2016.1171792)

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




Panelist and Co-Chair, "Captioning the Selfie: Image and Text in DarkMatter's Online Activism," Know Thyself(ie): Image, Self, Representation, SCMS 2017



Panelist, "The Look Back: Subverting the Medicalization and Objectification of the Trans Body in Transparent," Transparent: A Multidisciplinary Symposium, Susan B. Anthony Institute, University of Rochester; 

Panelist, "Selfie Seriality," & Media, University of California Berkeley; 

Panelist and Co-Chair, "Trans Consultants: Aesthetics of Authenticity and Compromise," Troubling Trans Media: Fact, Fiction, & Compromise, SCMS 2016



Co-Coordinator, Performing Bodies: Gesture, Affect, and Embodiment of Screen, 2015 Cinema and Media Studies Graduate Student Conference; 

Panelist, "Doubling Up: Queering the Mirror Stage in Drucker and Ernst's Relationship Series," Queertopia, Northwestern University; 

Panelist, "Alt Media, Alternative Documentation: Social Media and Trans Politics," Documenting the Different Body, SCMS 2015



Panelist, "Diverging from Doubt: Identity in Divergent (2014) in the Selfie Era," Fun with Dick and Jane: Gender and Childhood, University of Notre Dame





An Evening at Chez Nous, University of Chicago, funded by the Student Arts Grant, the Film Studies Center, the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality, and the Department of Cinema and Media Studies; 

The Queen + Lipstick City with Shea Coulee, University of Chicago, funded by the Film Studies Center's Graduate Student Curatorial Grant



Exhibition Manager for Open TV premieres and events: Full Out, You're So Talented (Season 2), The Bronx Cunt Tour, Lipstick City, Been T/Here, Two Queens in a Kitchen, Quare TV at the Arts Incubator, Let Go and Let God, #OpenTVMarathon with ACRE TV, One in Their Self at Woman Made Gallery



An Evening with Zackary Drucker, University of Chicago, funded by the Film Studies Center's Graduate Student Curatorial Grant, the Office of LGBTQ Student Life, the Karla Scherer Center for the Study of American Culture, and the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality's Counter Cinema  I  Counter Media Project