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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Faculty & Staff

Nicholas D. Krebs

Nicholas Krebs in a snowy forest

Ph.D. Graduate Student, American Studies

Curriculum vitae

Nick has previously taught CES 101, 131, and 209, and he was the teaching assistant for Dr. Richard King’s CES/Women_St/Soc 300, Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality, during fall 2014.

Nick focuses on the formation and transmission of cultural knowledge. Currently interested in curriculum and pedagogy as contested sites, he is researching non-traditional methods of knowledge transmission strewn about cultures and society. His most recent work focuses on interpreting the labor and social history surrounding hip-hop as a commoditized market ripe with research and pedagogic potential for disturbing dominant modes of thought.

A member of the Ankh Maat Wedjau honor society, Nick has presented at the National Council for Black Studies annual conference on hip-hop as an Afrocentric social movement, racialization in the war on drugs, and the influence of neoliberal capitalism in the 20th century onwards. Nick is an avid aficionado of marching percussion, having performed with Impulse!, the Madison Scouts, Rhythm X, and the Blue Devils. He enjoys clean beats, good food, and hearty laughs. A cosmopolitan philosopher of sorts, Nick enjoys communing with nature, and hanging out with his cat.



  • College of Arts and Sciences Recruitment Fellowship, Washington State University, Summer 2015.


  • “Taylor Swift & Company: The Ruthless Capitalism and Selective Cultivation of a Celebrity Entourage,” paper presented at the Celebrity Studies Journal biennial international conference with Lucia Soriano, Summer 2016.
  • “Aristocracy, Meritocracy, and American Royalty: Analyzing the Ascension of Celebrity Power Couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West,” paper presented at the Popular Culture Association annual conference with Lucia Soriano, Spring 2016.
  • “The Necropolitics of Neill Blomkamp: Deportation and Maiming in District 9 and Elysium,” paper presented at the American Studies Association annual convention, October 2015.
  • “State of the Art: Meritocratic Minstrelsy and Hip-Hop Under Neoliberalism,” paper presented at the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association’s annual convention, April 2015.
  • “Critically Conscious Cultural Commodities and the Constant Risk of Absurdity,” paper presented at the Association for the Study of African American Life and History’s annual convention, September 2014.

Contact Mr. Krebs
Wilson-Short 107A

Spring 2018 Office Hours

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and by appointment

Course Materials

Spring 2018
Past Courses