Nicholas Gerstner

Nicholas Gerstner

Graduate Agora Fellow
Program for Public Discourse
Doctoral Student and Teaching Fellow
Department of Communication
Nicholas Gerstner is a doctoral student and instructor in the Department of Communication here at UNC. As a scholar of media and cultural studies, he explores questions of identity, difference, and division in American (US) culture and politics. His current project examines the construction of “polarization” and how it is used to make sense of a complex and often threatening world. At national conferences, he has presented work on the technological and statistical mediation of the COVID-19 pandemic, struggles over vaccination as a crisis of valuation, and the historical problematization of complexity. He teaches courses on cultural studies, public speaking, and media and popular culture.