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Phone: 724-503-1001 x5270
Office: Burnett Center 012
Email: sberberick@washjeff.edu

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Stevie Berberick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts; Coordinator of Safe Zone Training

Degrees: Ph.D. Mass Communications, Pennsylvania State University; M.A. American Studies, University at Buffalo; B.A. Communication Studies, SUNY Buffalo State

Dr. Stevie Berberick (they/them) earned their Ph.D. in Mass Communications with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. Their book, Reframing Sex, (2020: Lexington Books) ostensibly centers the experiences of trans masculine video blog (vlog) producers on YouTube. Prior to attending Penn State Dr. Berberick earned their M.A. from University at Buffalo in American Studies, where their research focused on “deviant” body modifications within subcultural communities.

Stevie was a journalist before entering graduate education, a career they credit to their time as a student at Mohawk Valley Community College where an internship turned into a freelance gig that subsequently turned into a full-time position. Berberick continued working as a journalist throughout their undergraduate career at Buffalo State College. Stevie also brings leadership and organizational communication experience to W&J from their decade-long tenure in retail management.

Stevie’s research interests include the use of digital media to build community, the Internet and activism, queer politics and social movements, the use of archetype through personal narrative blogging and vlogging, and utilization of feminist pedagogy to inspire ethical media content creation through classroom discussion and projects.

Dr. Berberick has traveled to national and international conferences to present their research. Stevie is published in Journal of Media Critiques (PDF available upon request), tripleC:Communication, Capitalism, & Critique, International Journal of Communication, and The New York Sociologist (PDF available upon request).


  • Berberick, S. N. (2020). Reframing Sex: Unlearning the Gender Binary with Trans Masculine YouTube Vloggers. Lexington Books. Link to entry
  • Berberick, S. N. (2018). The paradox of trans visibility: Interrogating the “Year of Trans Visibility”. Journal of Media Critiques, 4(13), 123-144. Link to entry
  • Rodino-Colocino, M., & Berberick, S. N. (2015). “You Kind of Have to Bite the Bullet and do Bitch Work”: How Internships Teach Students to Unthink Exploitation in Public Relations. tripleC: Communication, Capitalism & Critique. Open Access Journal for a Global Sustainable Information Society, 13(2), 486-500. Link to entry
  • Berberick, S. N., & McAllister, M. P. (2016). Online quizzes as viral, consumption-based identities. International Journal of Communication, 10, 19. Link to entry
  • Berberick, S. N. (2010). The objectification of women in mass media: Female self-image in misogynist culture. The New York Sociologist, 5(2), 1-15. Link to entry