Doctoral candidate Stephanie “Stevie” Berberick earned her B.A. in communication studies from Buffalo State College (SUNY). Her M.A. in American studies was earned from the University at Buffalo (SUNY), where she held a distinguished Arthur A. Schomburg Fellowship. She has published in International Journal of Communication, tripleC: Communication, Capitalism, and Critique, and The New York Sociologist and presented scholarly research at national and international conferences. She was also a keynote speaker at the Feminist Research Alliance Workshop in Buffalo.
Her dissertation centers trans masculine video blog producers on YouTube, centering the potentiality of these independent productions in regards to addressing trans visibility and misrepresentation in mainstream media. Ultimately Berberick argues that these vlogs do the ideological work of combatting systems of binary identification while exploring some of the nuances of living trans in cultures of erasure. Berberick plans to continue her work with subcultures, in particular focusing on mainstream recuperation and the resulting acceptance of, or resistance to, popular mediations of their cultures. She is especially interested in gender, the body, identity politics and uses of technology within relationship building between selves and others.
Her favorite activities includes long conversations over copious amounts of coffee, spoiling popular entertainment by shouting at the screen, romancing the record player and absorbing vast amounts of live music.