Nicholas-Brie Guarriello is a Ph.D. Candidate in Feminist Studies with a concentration in Communications at the University of Minnesota.
While at Berkman Klein, they will examine how social media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Patreon promote gig economies for creative workers in the Pokémon franchise and how aforesaid economies interact with race, gender, dis/ability, and class. They are particularly interested in how younger generations (generation Z) and Millennials interact with social media and increasing labor demands that seems to make aforesaid groups always-on the clock and living precarious financial lives.
Their broader research interests include affect theory, social media and Internet cultures, audience and fan studies, digital and gig labor, and feminist theory. In addition to being a Berkman Klein fellow, Nicholas-Brie will also be working with T.L. Taylor and Ian Condry as a pre-doctoral fellow in the Comparative Media Studies Department at MIT.