Junhow Wei

Dissertation Title: 

"Good Character: Micro Interaction and Aesthetic Quality in Reality Television Production."

Research Interests: 

Culture, media, work and occupations, social psychology, research methods

Contact: junhow@sas.upenn.edu
Website: http://sites.google.com/site/junhowwei
Linkedin: Junhow on Linkedin
Curriculum Vitae


My broad areas of interest are the sociology of culture, work and occupations, and media and communications. Specifically, I use ethnographic methods to explore the relationship between subjective experience and the production of art and popular culture. My current research focuses on the case of reality television production. 

Teaching Experience:

Invited Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

• “The Publishing Process.” Sociology 603: Proseminar in Sociological Research (Spring, 2012)

• “Field Methods in Social Research.” Sociology 604: Methodology of Social Research (Fall 2011)

Teaching Assistant, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

• Sociology 137: Sociology of Media and Popular Culture (Fall 2009, Spring 2011)

• Sociology 604: Methodology of Social Research (graduate-level course Fall 2010)

Publications and Papers Under Review:

Wei, Junhow. “I’m the Next American Idol”: Reality Talent Show Auditions as Participatory Confidence Games. (Under Review).

Wei, Junhow. 2014. Mass Media and the Localization of Emotional Display: The Case of China’s Next Top Model. American Journal of Cultural Sociology 2(2): 197-220.

Wei, Junhow. 2012. Dealing with Reality: Market Demands, Artistic Integrity, and Identity Work in Reality Television Production. Poetics: Journal of Empirical Research on Culture, the Media and the Arts 40(5): 444-466.

Finer, Lawrence, and Junhow Wei. 2009. Effect of Mifepristone on Abortion Access in the United States. Obstetrics & Gynecology 114(3): 623-630.

Landry, David, Junhow Wei, and Jennifer Frost. 2008. Public and Private Providers’ Provision of Services, Their Views on the Problems Patients Have Using Contraception and Steps Needed to Improve Use.


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