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Stevie Berberick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Communication Arts

Phone: 724-503-1001, Ext. 5270

Email: sberberick@washjeff.edu

Office: Burnett Center 012

Degrees: Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; M.A., University at Buffalo

Areas of Study

Dr. Stephanie “Stevie” Berberick earned her Ph.D. in Mass Communications with a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the Pennsylvania State University in 2017. Her dissertation ostensibly centered the experiences of trans masculine video blog (vlog) producers on YouTube. Prior to attending Penn State Dr. Berberick earned her M.A. from University at Buffalo in American Studies, where her research focused on “deviant” body modifications within subcultural communities, particularly in regards to gender.

Stevie was a journalist before entering graduate education, a career she credits to her 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. She continued journalism throughout her undergraduate career at Buffalo State College. Stevie also brings leadership and organizational communication experience to W&J from her 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 her research. Stevie is published in Journal of Media Critiques, tripleC:Communication, Capitalism, & Critique, International Journal of Communication, and The New York Sociologist (PDF available upon request).