Julie B. Wiest



Anthropology & Sociology

West Chester University

Julie B. Wiest, Ph.D.

Julie WiestJulie B. Wiest is an assistant professor of sociology. She received her Ph.D.

in sociology from the University of Tennessee and M.A. in journalism and mass communication from the University of Georgia. Her research employs a social psychological perspective to issues of culture; mediated interaction (including social media and other new communication technologies); media representations; gender; and deviance and crime. Her most recent research examines social change in the Middle East, focusing on the role of new communication technologies, and her latest book (2011), “Creating Cultural Monsters: Serial Murder in America,” examines the sociocultural context of serial murder in the U.S. Before academia, she worked as a print and online journalist for nearly a decade.

Areas of specialization:

  • Sociology of culture
  • Sociological social psychology
  • New communication technologies
  • Deviance and crime (especially violence and extreme offending)
  • Media representation and mass media studies


Courses taught at WCU:

  • SOC 200: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 333: Self & Society
  • SOC 346: Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 360: Sociology of Culture
  • SOC 383: The Digital Self

Other courses previously taught:

Undergraduate level:

  • The Social Construction of Deviance / Deviance and Social Control
  • Gender in Society
  • Research Methods for Sociology and Political Science (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Applied Research in Strategic Communication (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Human Communication
  • Copy Editing

Graduate level:

  • Persuasion and Media Effects
  • Research Methods (quantitative and qualitative)
  • Qualitative Methods and Analysis