Nicholas-Brie (Nick-Brie) Guarriello is a Ph.D. Candidate whose work explores how social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Patreon promote gig economies for creative workers in the Pokémon franchise writ large. As an avid Pokemon fan since 1998, they also unpack the largely understudied Pokémon fandom and gamer base to flesh out emerging forms of labor within gig economies that interact with race, gender, sexual orientation, dis/ability, and class. They are a member of the Association of Internet Researchers (AoIR). They are also the recipient of the 2018-2019 MIT Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship and will be working in the Comparative Media Studies/Writing Department under T.L. Taylor & Ian Condry. They will also be a fellow during the 2018-2019 year at Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. They are also a competitive Pokémon TCG player and hope to make it somewhat big in the Pokémon esport community. #Worlds2019 Follow them on Twitter for academic, political, and everyday life musings! (@BriePhD)

Educational Background & Specialties
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Educational Background

  • BA: Gender & Sexuality Studies, New York University, 2015 -
  • M.A.: Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, 2017 -


  • Internet Ethnography & Mixed Methods
  • LGBT studies
  • Television Studies & Social Media
  • Consumer Culture & Governmentality
  • Affect Theory
  • Audience & Fan Studies