Nakeisha Ferguson

Assistant Professor, Marketing

(651) 962-4077

Minneapolis Campus
1000 LaSalle Ave
Terrence Murphy Hall 470G
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Ph.D., , University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Journalism, Advertising, University of Missouri-Columbia
B.S., , University of Missouri-Columbia

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Nakeisha S. Ferguson joined the Opus College of Business faculty in 2009. She received her Ph.D. in advertising from University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Her educational qualifications include a B.S. in marketing and a M.A. in strategic communication, which she earned at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Ferguson has a passion for teaching and works diligently to develop her zeal for teaching into an enjoyable yet educational classroom experience she describes as "edutainment." Her primary research interest focuses on the intersection of popular culture and marketing communication with an emphasis on urban and multicultural markets. Her recent research examines topics such as consumer responses and ethical perceptions of multicultural marketing communications and brand placements in popular music. Additionally, she has presented her findings at numerous conferences across the world. Her research can be found in the Journal of Business Research, Journal of Public Policy, Journal of Research for Consumers, and Social Business.

Ferguson has received numerous awards for her commitment to multicultural student achievement, community involvement and academic research on the intersection of popular culture and branding. Some of the honors include: American Marketing Association Foundation Valuing Diversity Award, Advertising Educational Foundation Visiting Scholar at BBDO NY, Multicultural Student Services Outstanding Faculty Commitment Award and the Witherspoon Research Award.

Ferguson serves as the chair of the Marketing Communications Special Interest Group for the American Marketing Association. She is also member of the advisory board for the Marcus Graham Project - a program designed to identify, expose, mentor and train ethnically diverse men and women in all aspects of the media industry, including advertising, entertainment and marketing - and the Billingsly School of Music and Arts. Her professional activities in recent years have included projects with various small businesses and nonprofits around the country.

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Academic and Professional Positions
  • Marketing Director, The Rock Church, (2006 - present)
  • Assistant Professor, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul / Minneapolis (2009 - present)
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Texas - San Antonio, San Antonio (2008 - 2009)
  • Instructor, Houston-Tillotson University - School of Business & Technology, Austin (2007 - 2008)
  • Public Relations Information Specialist, Missouri Protection & Advocacy Services, Columbia (2003 - 2005)
  • Marketing Consultant, Leswood Ministries, Inc, Houston (1998 - 2005)
  • Co-Instructor, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia (2002 - 2002)

Professional Memberships
  • AMA - American Marketing Association

Professional Service
  • Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, Reviewer
  • Journal of Business Research, Reviewer

Public Service
  • Billingsly School of Music and Arts, Board Member
  • Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., Officer, President/Elect/Past
  • Marcus Graham Project, Board Member

  • Ferguson, N. S., & Burkhalter, J. (forthcoming). Yo DJ, that's my brand: An examination of consumer response to brand placements in hip-hop music. Journal of Advertising,
  • Demangeot, C., Adkins, N. R., Broderick, A. J., Zuniga, M., Mueller, R. D., Henderson, G. R., Ferguson, N. S., Mandiberg, J. M., Roy, A., Johnson, G., Kipnis, E., & Pullig, C. (2013). Toward intercultural competency in multicultural marketplaces. Journal of Public Policy and Marketing, (32), pp. 156-164
  • Kipnis, E., Broderick, A. J., Demangeot, C., Ross Adkins, N., Ferguson, N. S., Henderson, G., Johnson, G., Mandiberg, J. M., Dentiste Muller, R., Pullig, C., Roy, A., & Zuniga, M. A. (2013). Branding beyond prejudice: Navigating multicultural marketplaces for consumer well-being. Journal of Business Research, (66)(8), pp. 1186-1194
  • Adkins, N. R., Ferguson, N. S., Henderson, G. R., Johnson, G., Mandiberg, J., Mueller, R. D., Pulllig, C., Roy, A., Zuniga, M., Kipnis, E., Demangeot, C., & Broderick, A. J. (2011). No harm done? Culture-based branding and its impact on consumer vulnerability: A research agenda. Social Business, An Interdisciplinary Journal, (1)(3),
  • Broderick, A., Demangeot, C., Ross Adkins, N., Ferguson, N. S., Henderson, G., Johnson, G., Kipnis, E., Mandiberg, J. M., Dentiste Mueller, R., Pullig, C., Roy, A., & Zuniga, M. A. (2011). Consumer empowerment in multicultural marketplaces: Navigating multicultural identities to reduce consumer vulnerability. Journal of Research for Consumers, (19),
  • Williams, J. D., Qualls, W., & Ferguson, N. S. (2007). Potential vulnerabilities of U.S. subsistence consumers to persuasive marketing communications. Advances in International Comparative Management, (20), pp. 87-110

Books and Chapters

Research Interests
  • Advertising
  • Gender and Diversity Issues
  • Marketing
  • Popular Culture and Branding