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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

Dr. Neverson’s research is grounded in the areas of mass media analysis, the mediated representation of marginalized groups, and socio-cultural aspects sport. Her most recent publication examines the complex and competing media discourses constructed around the implementation of the taser prior to and after the untimely death of Robert Dziekanski. Some of her other work examines the intersection of new media, sport, and gender in Canada via the curtailed digital television network WTSN (Women’s Television Sports Network). Another recent work examines the competing narratives constructed around blackness as identity via the Toronto Africentric Alternative School. Dr. Neverson recently completed a collaborative project with department colleagues exploring the integration of critical pedagogy in teaching and learning at Ryerson. Results of this study appear in a published handbook entitled, Inhabiting Critical Spaces: Teaching and Learning from the Margins at Ryerson University (2013). She is also a volunteer board member of the John Howard Society of Toronto.

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

Professional Affiliations:

The North American Society for the Sociology of Sport.

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

Selected Publications & Presentations:


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


Neverson, N., & Adeyanju, C. (2017). Worth a Thousand Words: Tasers, New Media Events, and Narrative Struggle. Journalism Studies. DOI


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


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


With T. Oriola and C. Adeyanju. ‘They should have just taken a gun and shot my son‟: Taser deployment and the downtrodden in Canada. Social Identities.18, 65-83.


Neverson, N. and G. Knight. “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. (174-194). Morgantown, WV: Fitness Information Technology (FIT).


“Build it and the women will come? WTSN and the advent of Canadian digital television.” Canadian Journal of Communication, 35, 27-48.


With C. Adeyanju “‘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.