"Good Character: Reality Television Production as Dirty Work"
My broad areas of interest are the sociology of culture, work and occupations, symbolic interaction, and media studies. My current research uses ethnographic methods to explore the relationship between subjective experience and the production of art and popular culture. I am focusing specifically on the case of reality television production.
Wei, Junhow. 2016. "I'm the Next American Idol": Cooling Out, Accounts, and Perserverance at Reality Talent Show Auditions. Symbolic Interaction 39(1):3-25. (Lead Article)
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. Contraception 78(1): 42-51.
Instructor, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
• Sociology 137: Sociology of Media and Popular Culture (Fall 2015, Fall 2016)
Invited Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
• "Ethnography in Media Industries." Media & Communications 9525: Media and Cultural Production in the Digital Age (graduate-level course), Temple University, Mar. 2016
• “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)
• Sociology 100: Introduction to Sociological Research (Spring 2010)
Photo credit: Marcus T. Wright