Nora Draper

Associate Professor of Communication – UNH
Phone: (603) 862-1988
Office: Communication, Horton Social Science Center Rm 133, Durham, NH 03824
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Nora Draper is an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of New Hampshire. Nora’s research examines the political economic and sociocultural dimensions of media and technology industries and has been published in the International Journal of Communication, Critical Studies in Media Communication, the Journal of Broadcast & Electronic Media, Media Industries, Policy & Internet, Feminist Media Studies, and Surveillance & Society.  Nora’s first book The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online (NYU Press, 2019), examines how the companies across the consumer privacy industry have responded to and shaped public concerns regarding identity, reputation, and surveillance through the promotion of tools and services to enhance personal privacy online.


  • Ph.D., Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • M.A., Communication, Carleton University
  • M.A., Communication, University of Pennsylvania
  • B.P.A., Public Affairs & Policy Management, Carleton University

Research Interests

  • Digital media
  • Gender
  • Identity
  • Mobile Media
  • Privacy
  • Reputation
  • Surveillance
  • Technology

Courses Taught

  • CMN 514: Analysis of Online Identity
  • CMN 596: Top/Media Studies Research
  • CMN 614: Gender, Race and Technology
  • CMN 696W: Sem/Technology & Gender
  • CMN 714: Youth and Media
  • CMN 772: Seminar in Media Theory
  • CMN 799H: Honors Thesis

Selected Publications

Draper, N. A., & Turow, J. (2019). The corporate cultivation of digital resignation. NEW MEDIA & SOCIETY, 21(8), 1824-1839. doi:10.1177/1461444819833331

Draper, N. A. (2019). Distributed intervention: networked content moderation in anonymous mobile spaces. Feminist Media Studies, 19(5), 1-17. doi:10.1080/14680777.2018.1458746

Draper, N. A. (2019). Reputation Anxiety: Consumer Background Checks and the Cultivation of Risk. COMMUNICATION CULTURE & CRITIQUE, 12(1), 36-52. doi:10.1093/ccc/tcz010

Draper, N. R. (2019). The Identity Trade: Selling Privacy and Reputation Online. New York: New York University Press.

Turow, J., Hennessy, M., & Draper, N. (2018). Persistent Misperceptions: Americans’ Misplaced Confidence in Privacy Policies, 2003–2015. Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media, 62(3), 461-478. doi:10.1080/08838151.2018.1451867

Draper, N. A. (2017). From Privacy Pragmatist to Privacy Resigned: Challenging Narratives of Rational Choice in Digital Privacy Debates. Policy & Internet, 9(2), 232-251. doi:10.1002/poi3.142

Draper, N. (2017). Fail Fast: The Value of Studying Unsuccessful Technology Companies. Media Industries Journal, 4(1). doi:10.3998/mij.15031809.0004.101

Turow, J., & Draper, N. (2014). Industry Conceptions of Audience in the Digital Space. Cultural Studies, 28(4), 643-656. doi:10.1080/09502386.2014.888929

Draper, N. A. (2014). Defining Family: Representation and Rhetoric in the Marketing of Shared Mobile Phone Plans. Critical Studies in Media Communication, 31(1), 57-71. doi:10.1080/15295036.2013.831991

Draper, N. R. A. (2012). Is Your Teen at Risk? Discourses of adolescent sexting in United States television news. Journal of Children and Media, 6(2), 221-236. doi:10.1080/17482798.2011.587147

Most Cited Publications