Nina Medvedeva

Nina Medvedeva is a Ph.D. candidate whose research explores what short-term rental regulation debates can teach us about how city residents imagine and govern the home. Focusing on the Airbnb debates in Boston, Washington D.C., and San Francisco, her dissertation draws on economic anthropology, feminist political economy, and queer of color critique to analyze how residents make claims that challenge, enforce, or change the hegemonic definition of home. Nina is the recipient of the University of Minnesota-Social Science Research Council Interdisciplinary Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (2018), the Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship (2018), and the Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2019). She was a research intern at the Microsoft Research New England Social Media Collective (Summer 2019).

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • M.A.: American Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2016.
  • M.A.: Feminist Studies, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities , 2019.


  • Feminist ethnography
  • Housing
  • Political Economy
  • Queer and Trans* Studies
  • Sharing Economy
  • Urban Studies
Courses Taught
  • GWSS 1001: Gender, Power, and Everyday Life (Graduate Instructor)
  • GWSS/ENGL 1003W: Women Write The World (Teaching Assistant)
  • GWSS 1006: Skin, Sex, and Genes (Teaching Assistant)
  • GWSS 3023W: Blood, Bodies, and Science (Teaching Assistant)
  • GWSS 3102W: Feminist Thought and Theory (Teaching Assistant)
  • Killing Giants: Medvedeva, Nina, Real Life Magazine, 2019. Link