Nicholas-Brie Guarriello

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

Educational Background

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


  • Television Studies & Social Media
  • Audience & Fan Studies
  • Affect Theory
  • LGBT studies
  • Consumer Culture & Governmentality
  • Internet Ethnography & Mixed Methods
Courses Taught
  • GWSS 1002 (Politics of Sex: Teaching Assistant)
  • GWSS 1006: Skin, Sex, Genes, (TA Sec 002 & Sec 005)
  • GWSS 3102: Feminist Thought & Theory (TA)
  • GWSS 3307: Feminist Film Studies (Graduate Instructor)
  • Graduate Research Partnership Program (GRPP) Grant, $4,000 , 06/12/2016 - 09/05/2016
  • MIT Diversity Predoctoral Fellowship (Comparative Media Studies/Writing; hosts: T.L. Taylor & Ian Condry), September 1, 2018 - May 31, 2019
  • Berkman Klein Center Fellow at Harvard University, September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2019