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Nora Draper

Associate Professor of Communication – UNH
Phone: (603) 862-1988
Office: Communication, Horton Social Science Center Rm 133, Durham, NH 03824

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.

Courses Taught

  • CMN 514: Analysis of Online Identity
  • CMN 596: SpcTop/CriticalStdsDisInformat
  • CMN 614: Gender, Race and Technology
  • CMN 714: Youth and Media
  • CMN 772: Seminar in Media Theory
  • CMN 799H: Honors Thesis


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

Research Interests

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

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