Nicole Bedera

PhD Candidate in Sociology, University of Michigan
Areas of Expertise:
  • Higher Education
  • Women

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About Nicole

Bedera's researches gender and sexuality with an emphasis on college sexual violence and masculinity. Her graduate work has focused on how undergraduate men interpret sexual consent and queer college women's experiences with sexual violence. Her dissertation explores how colleges handle sexual misconduct complaints.



"Supporting Queer Survivors of Sexual Assault" (with Kristjane Nordmeyer), in LGBT Hate: No PULSE on My Campus (Peter Lang Publishing Inc., forthcoming).
"Never Go Out Alone: An Analysis of College Rape Prevention Tips" (with Kristjane Nordmeyer). Sexuality and Culture 19, no. 3 (2015): 533-542.

Finds that colleges have primarily put the burden of sexual assault prevention on women and the expectations they have set are unreasonable and impossible for women to meet.

"Moaning and Eye Contact: College Men's Negotiations of Sexual Consent in Theory and in Practice" (forthcoming).

Finds that while college men claim to have explicit verbal conversations about consent in their sexual encounters, in practice, they are much more likely to use "physical nonverbal cues" like eye contact or a partner's elevated breath rate as evidence that their sexual encounters are consensual.

In the News

Nicole Bedera's research on rape prevention tips on college campuses discussed in Samantha Allen. Nicole Bedera, "Rape Prevention is Still a Woman's Job, Campuses Say," The Daily Beast, October 8, 2015.
Nicole Bedera's research on college men and affirmative consent discussed in Colleen Flaherty. Nicole Bedera, "Missing the Mark on Consent," Inside Higher Ed, August 14, 2017.
Interview on Betsy DeVos and campus sexual assaultMiriam Gleckman-Krut (with Nicole Bedera), Michigan Radio, NPR, September 28, 2017.
"Who Gets to Define Campus Rape?," Miriam Gleckman-Krut (with Nicole Bedera), The New York Times, September 18, 2017.