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Dr. Nicole Amber, PhD

"They saw what their history taught them to see."
                                                                  --James Baldwin

Dr. Nicole Amber Haggard is an award-winning instructor, speaker and published researcher with sixteen years of study contextualizing the intersection of race and gender in American culture. In addition to being a faculty member in the Film, Media, and Social Justice program at Mount Saint Mary’s University, Dr. Nicole is the Director of Communications for the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and co-founder of the Center for Intersectional Media and Entertainment (CIME /see-me/).  

Dr. Nicole is a featured expert for outlets like Variety, Glamour, and NBC. She has appeared on panels and given workshops for United State of Women, Saatchi and Saatchi’s Viva Women Campaign, 100 Women Change Hollywood, Wordaful, the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California, Wonder Women Tech, the International Conference on Multimedia and Engineering, American Studies Association, Women’s Studies Association, TEDxMSMU and more.  

Her published work includes “Women in Hollywood: The Ongoing Fight for Equality” (2018, co-authored with Dr. Caroline Heldman), “Film and Television” entries for the Report on the Status of Women and Girls in California (2016-2019), and chapters in “Race in American Film” (ABC-CLIO, 2017), “A History of Evil in American Pop Culture (Praeger, 2014) and “American Multicultural Studies” (Sage, 2013). She is currently completing her forthcoming book “Race, Sex, and Hollywood.”  

In 2017, Dr. Nicole was awarded the Teaching Honor by the National Society of Leadership and Success. Nicole serves on the board for ERA Now, the Center for Restorative Justice Works, and the Sister’s of Saint Joseph Discernment Program. Most recently, Take the Lead selected Dr. Nicole as a participant for their 50 Women Can Change the World in Media and Entertainment initiative.

Dr. Nicole holds a PhD in American Studies, Saint Louis University, and a BA in American Studies and Ethnicity: Cultural and Intellectual Life from the University of Southern California. She is based in Los Angeles, California

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As a judge for our Young Filmmaker’s Competition, Nicole's discerning eye in considering each applicant's work was remarkable. It was very clear to me that her gift to us on that day was her breadth of understanding, not only of film history, but of how the making of a film allows youth to reflect deeply upon themselves and the world around them. 

- Kitty Winn, Director OFS Young Filmmakers Competition and Cannes Best Actress Recipient


Nicole was instrumental in getting my business off the ground by helping me clarify my business (and life) vision. The frameworks she used in our brainstorming sessions monumentally took my ideas to the next level by concretely unpacking the intention behind every little thing that I (and my business) did. By reflecting this on my landing page, my conversion has gone up 250%.

- Anwar White, Founder


Nicole brings an incredible and irrepressible energy to every project she commits herself to.  Projects are not just competently managed by Nicole, they are transformed!   As president of the Ojai Film Society she was one of two executive board members who I knew I could always rely upon - not just to meet expectations, but to vastly exceed them.

- James McEachen, President Ojai Film Society & Film Director