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Nicole Neverson

Neverson, Nicole


Associate Professor


B.A. (Carleton), M.A. (McMaster), Ph.D. (McMaster, Sociology)




416-979-5000 ext 2603

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Research Interests:

Representation of subjectivities in the mass media; socio-cultural aspects of sport and gender; use of force technologies and the representation of policing; critical pedagogy

Dr. Neverson’s research is grounded in the areas of mass media analysis, the mediated representation of marginalized groups, and sociological aspects of sports. Her most recent publication examines how Canadian perspectives on CEWs (conducted energy weapons), and their use by police, changed before and after the death of Robert Dzeikanski. Another recent work examines the complex and competing diaspora media discourses constructed around blackness as identity via the Toronto Africentric Alternative School. In addition to her research interests in media and sport, Dr. Neverson has engaged in a collaborative project with department colleagues exploring the integration of critical pedagogy in teaching and learning at Ryerson entitled, Inhabiting Critical Spaces: Teaching and Learning from the Margins at Ryerson University (2013).

Teaching Interests:

Sociology of sport; media representation; media research methods

Professor Neverson’s academic training is firmly grounded in socio-cultural aspects of mass media and representation. The courses she instructs regularly engage current events and issues as a source of inquiry and analysis with the aim of demonstrating the relevant links between theory, practice, and the lived social world. Before arriving at Ryerson, Professor Neverson instructed at McMaster University, Trent University, and the University of Waterloo.

Current Courses:

SOC 505 – The Sociology of Sport

SOC 482 – Advanced Methods of Media Analysis

CC 8836 – Topics in Media Culture - Critically Interrogating Mediated Sports Culture

Professional Affiliations:

The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

Volunteers at the St. Leonard’s Society of Toronto.

Selected Publications & Presentations:


Neverson, N., & Adeyanju, C. (2017). Worth a Thousand Words Tasers, new media events, and narrative struggle. Journalism Studies


Oriola, T., Rollwagen, H., Neverson, N., & Adeyanju, C.T. (2016). Public support for conducted energy weapons (CEWs): Evidence from the Alberta Survey. Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. 58(4) 530-564.


Neverson, N. (2014). The Toronto Africentric Alternative School: Media, Blackness, and Discourses of Multiculturalism and Critical Multiculturalism. International Journal of Communication, 8, 1851-1871.


Fumia, D., Jamal, A., Hernandez-Ramdwar, C., Knight, M., & Neverson, N. (2013, April 3). Inhabiting Critical Spaces: Teaching and Learning from the Margins at Ryerson University (pdf).  


Neverson, N., & Knight, G. (2011). “Trash talk and reflexive ‘otherness’: Maurice Greene, Michael Johnson and class within race.”. In D. Adair (Ed.), Sport, ‘race’ and ethnicity: Narratives of diversity and difference. (pp. 174-194). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology (FIT).


Adeyanju, C., & Neverson, N. (2007). 'There will be a next time’: Media discourse of an ‘apocalyptic’ vision of immigration, racial diversity, and health risks. Canadian Ethnic Studies, 39, 79-105.