University of San Diego
PhD, Associate professor
Nikki Usher, Ph.D. (they/them) is an associate professor at the University of San Diego in the Communication department. Dr. Usher's research focuses on news in the changing digital environment, blending insights from media sociology and political communication. In 2022, Dr. Usher received a New Directions Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation. They are a senior fellow at the Open Markets Institute's Center for Journalism and Liberty. Dr. Usher is the author of three books: Making News at The New York Times (University of Michigan Press, 2014), Interactive Journalism: Hackers, Data, and Code (University of Illinois, 2016), and News for the Rich, White, and Blue: How Place and Power Distort American Journalism (Columbia, 2021), and co-editor of Journalism Research that Matters (Oxford, 2021), with Valerie Belair-Gagnon. They have been a fellow at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and a fellow at the Reynold's Institute at the University of Missouri. Dr. Usher received their Ph.D. and MA from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and their AB from Harvard (magna cum laude).