Lecturers

Nolan Higdon
  • Pronouns he, him, his, his, himself
  • Title
    • Lecturer
  • Division Undergraduate Education
  • Department
    • Education Department
    • Merrill College
  • Phone
    (831) 459-2144
  • Email
  • Office Location
    • Merrill College Administration Building, Room B
  • Mail Stop Merrill College
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Critical Theory, Digital Media, New Media, History

Biography, Education and Training

Dr. Nolan Higdon is an author and university lecturer of history and media studies. Higdon’s areas of concentration include digital culture, news media history, and critical media literacy. Higdon is a founding member of the Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas. He sits on the boards of the Action Coalition for Media Education (ACME) and Northwest Alliance For Alternative Media And Education. His most recent publication is The Anatomy of Fake News: A Critical News Literacy Education (University of California Press, 2020). He is a longtime contributor to Project Censored’s annual book, Censored. In addition, he has been a contributor to Truthout and Counter-Punch; and a source of expertise for The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and numerous television news outlets.

Selected Publications

®  Published Books

o   The Podcasters’ Dilemma: Podcasts as Spaces of Decolonization co-authored with Nicholas Baham III, Wiley Press, 2022.

o   The Anatomy of Fake News: Critical News Literacy Education, University of California Press, 2020.

o   United States of Distraction Media Manipulation in Post-Truth America (And What We Can Do About It). City Lights Publishing, 2019.

®  Books In Press

o   Let’s Agree to Disagree: A Critical Thinking Guide to Communication, Conflict Management, and Critical Media Literacy, co-authored with Mickey Huff, Routledge Press, 2022.

®  Edited Volumes In Process

o   Robin Andersen, Nolan Higdon, & Steve Macek, Censorship, Digital Media and the Global Crackdown on Freedom of Expression, Peter Lang, 2022.

o   Steve Gennaro, Nolan Higdon, Michael Hoechsmann, & Jeff Share, Critical Media Literacy in Higher Education. Routledge, 2022.

®  Book Chapters in Press

o   ‘Returning to Neoliberal Normalcy: Analysis of Legacy News Media’s Coverage of the Biden Presidency’s First 100 Days,” co-authored with Emil Marmol and Mickey Huff, In Robert Gutsche Jr. (ed), The Future of the Presidency, Journalism, and Democracy: After Trump, (London: Routledge, 2022).

®  Book Chapters in Process

o   “The Fake News Crusaders: Exploring The People and Practices That Spread Fake News While Working To Fight It,” in Robin Andersen, Nolan Higdon, & Steve Macek, Censorship, Digital Media and the Global Crackdown on Freedom of Expression, 2022.

o   “The Delusion of Power: Investigating The Myth Of Social Media User Power In The Age Of Big-Tech Censorship,” in Robin Andersen, Nolan Higdon, & Steve Macek, Censorship, Digital Media and the Global Crackdown on Freedom of Expression, 2022.

®  Published Journal Articles

o   “The Critical Effect: Exploring The Influence Of Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy On College Students’ Social Media Behaviors and Attitudes,” The Journal of Media Literacy Education. 2021

o    “Curricular similarities and differences between critical and acritical media literacy: Supporting teachers’ classroom inclusion,” co-authored with Allison Butler and J.D. Swerzenski, Democratic Communique, 2021.

o    “Time to put your marketing cap on: Mapping digital corporate media curriculum in the age of surveillance capitalism,” co-authored with Allison Butler, Review of Education Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 2021.  

o    “Today’s Fake News is Tomorrow’s Fake History,” co-author Mickey Huff, Secrecy and Society Journal, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2021.

o    “What is Fake News?: A Foundational Question for Developing Effective Critical News Literacy Education.” Democratic Communiqué, Vol. 29, No. 1, April 2020.

o   "Rallying Over Balloting: The Origins of Millennial Activism." Journal of Critical Thought and Praxis 8, no. 1 (2019): 3.

®  Journal Articles Under Review

o   “Outside The Ivory Tower: Contingent Faculty Attitudes Toward Credentialed Elites in Higher Education,” Journal of Higher Education, 2022

o   “Back To School?: Contingent Faculty In The Great Resignation?,” The Journal of Critical Scholarship on Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2022

 

o   “Fake News is Racist: Mapping Culturally Relevant Approaches to Critical News Literacy Pedagogy.” Co-authored with Allison Butler, Review of Education Pedagogy and Cultural Studies, 2021.

o   The Other Populist Media: Examining Prog-Left Media,” Co-authored with Jen Lyons, Critical Studies In Media Communication. 2022.

®  Journal Articles in Process

o   Untitled piece examining the news coverage of the Port Chicago Disaster, co-authored with Jen Lyons, 2022.

®  Published Book Reviews

o   “Book Review: Renee Hobbs’ Mind Over Media, Propaganda Education for a Digital Age (New York, New York: W.W. Norton and Company.). Education Review, 2021.

o    “Book Review: Matt Potolsky, The National Security Sublime: On the Aesthetics of Government Secrecy, (Routledge, 2019),” Journal Of Secrecy And Society, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2021.

o   “Book Review: Cindy Otis, True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Spotting Fake News, (New York, New York: Feiwel and Friends, 2020). Democratic Communiqué, Vol. 29, No. 2, 2021.

®  Dissertation

o   “Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy in Higher Education: Turning Social Justice Theory into Practice,” doctoral dissertation, San Francisco State University, 2017

®  Thesis

o   "The Politics of Desertion," master’s thesis, San Diego State University, 2012.

Selected Presentations

®  “#MediaLiteracySoWhite: Using critical race theory to fill the gaps in (critical) media literacy,” Critical Media Literacy of the Americas, 2022

®  “A Historical Analysis and a Snapshot of Attitudes and Behaviors in the United States” American Psychological Association, 2021

®  “The Other Populist Media,” Union for Democratic Communication, 2021.

®   “Fake News Is Only the Beginning: Critical Media Literacy in Your Classroom,” National Council of Teachers of English, Denver, CO, 2020.  

®  “Time to Put Your Marketing Cap On: Mapping Corporate Media Literacy,” Critical Media Literacy Conference of the Americas, Virtual, 2020.

®  “Fake News Is Only the Beginning: Critical Media Literacy in Your Classroom,” National Council of Teachers of English, Baltimore, MD, 2019

®  “United States of Distraction,” Union for Democratic Communication, Hayward, CA, 2019.

®   “Critical Versus Acritical Media Literacy Curriculum: The Ideological Debate Over Corporate Influence in The Classroom—,” Union for Democratic Communication, Hayward, CA, 2019.

®   “In Pod We Trust: The Podcaster Predicament (Decolonization and Digital Colonization),” Union for Democratic Communication, Hayward, CA, 2019.

®   “The Anatomy of Fake News,” Journalism Association of Community Colleges, Sacramento, CA, 2019.

®   “The Anatomy of Fake News,” International Critical Media Literacy Conference, Savannah, GA, 2019.

®  “Today’s Fake News is Tomorrow’s Fake History,” Howard Zinn Book Fair, San Francisco, CA, 2018.

®  “Fake-News”: The Trojan Horse for Silencing Alternative News and Reestablishing Corporate News Dominance,” Media Freedom Foundation Summit 2.0, Kentfield, CA, 2018.

®   “Fighting Fake News”, Third International Conference on Communication & Media Studies, University of California, Berkeley, 2018.

®  “Fighting Fake News: Project Censored, Education, and Solutions for The Digital Age,” Association of Alternative News Media, San Diego California, 2018.

®  “Fighting Fake News: Project Censored, Education, and Solutions for The Digital Age,” Union for Democratic Communications, Chicago, IL, 2018.

®  “News and Media Censorship: Project Censored’s Top 25 Censored Stories,” Association of Alternative News Media, San Diego, CA, 2018.

®  “Fighting Fake News: Critical Media Literacy in Professional Development,” Union for Democratic Communications, Chicago, IL, 2018.

®   “Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy Across The Curriculum,” International Critical Media Literacy Conference, Savannah, GA, 2018.

®   “Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy In Higher Education: Turning Social Justice Theory Into Practice,” Critical Media Literacy Conference, Savannah, GA, 2017.

®   “Power Dynamics And Problem Solving: Engaging Both To Explore Civic And Community Engagement,” Media Freedom Summit, Cotati, CA, 2016.

®  “Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy: Turning Social Justice Theory into Practice,” Unionfor Democratic Communications Conference: Troubled Waters, Detroit, Michigan, 2016.

®  “A Teachable Moment: Social Justice Pedagogy in a Post-9/11 World,” 9/11 Film Festival, Oakland, CA, 2016

®   “What Can Community Colleges and Four-Year Institutions Teach Each Other About Social Justice?,” National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), San Francisco, CA, 2016

®  “Social Justice Pedagogy in The Digital Age,” Action In Media Education Summit, Fairfield, CT,2016

®  “Effective Critical Media Literacy Pedagogy in Higher Education,” Leadership in Equity, Achievement, and Praxis Colloquium, San Francisco State University, 2016

®  “Global Critical Media Literacy Project,” English Council Of California Two-Year Colleges Conference, San Jose, CA 2015

®  “Re-Inventing Media and Systems That Serve Communities and those who live and work thereby Creating Systems that Empower Potential,” What’s Possible Conference, San Francisco,            CA, 2015

®  “Media Education and News 2.0: Solutions for the Digital Generation,” Union for Democratic Communications: Circuits of Struggle Conference, University of Toronto, 2015

®  “An Expert Educational Panel on The Drug War,” Students for Sensible Drug Policy Club, University of California, Davis, CA, 2015

®  “Muzzling Investigative Work,” Holding Power to Account Conference, University of Winnipeg, 2014

®  “Screening and Q&A of Project Censored” Law and Disorder Conference, Portland State University, 2014

Selected Recordings

®  Radio Program

o   The Project Censored Show, 2016-2018

®  Podcast

                o   Along The Line, with Dr. Nicholas Baham III and Janice Domingo, 2018-present.

®  Documentary

o   “United States of Distraction: Fighting The Fake News Invasion,” 2019