Felicia Wu Song

Felicia Wu Song

Professor of Sociology
Phone: (805) 565-6840
Email: fsong@westmont.edu
Office Location: Deane Hall 211

Office Hours
Dr. Felicia Song is on sabbatical for 2017-2018.


Specialization
Social Media and Digital Technology
Sociology of Culture 

Dr. Song joined Westmont in 2013 as Associate Professor and Chair of the Sociology and Anthropology Department. Having previously taught at Louisiana State University’s Manship School for Mass Communication, she brings a keen interest in the rapidly evolving digital technology industry and how the adoption of social media and digital devices is fundamentally altering the landscapes of family, community, organizational life, and education. In addition to her book, Virtual Communities: Bowling Alone, Online Together (Peter Lang 2009), she has conducted research on expectant women’s online information-seeking habits and the evolution of “mommy bloggers” as social media professionals. Currently, she is working on a book project that addresses contemporary digital practices and its effects on human experiences of relationships, time and place, with a particular interest in how today’s parents negotiate digital practices within their households. When she is not working, she enjoys reading children’s chapter books, dabbling in photography, and watching “The Great British Baking Show” and other foodie TV programs with her husband and two children.  

Professor Song teaches:

  • Internet and Society
  • Sociological Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Sociology

Education

  • Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Virginia
  • M.A. in Communication Studies, Northwestern University
  • B.A. in History, Yale University

Research interests

  • Motherhood and Digital Technology
  • Social Media and Consumer Culture
  • Sociology of Culture

Selected publications

  • Song, F. W., J. West, N. Dahmen, and L. Lundy (2012). Women, Pregnancy, and Health Information Online: The Making of Informed Patients and Ideal Mothers. Gender & Society. 26: 773-798.
  • Song, F. W., (2010) “Theorizing Web 2.0: A Cultural Perspective.” Information, Communication and Society. 13:2, 249-275.
  • Song, F. W., (2009). Virtual Communities: Bowling Alone, Online Together. New York: Peter Lang
Publishing.
  • Song, F.W. (2008). “Social Networking Sites: Mirrors of Contemporary Individualism.” Culture, Issue 2.1.
  • Song, F.W. (2004) “Online Communities in a Therapeutic Age,” in Jonathan B. Imber, ed., Therapeutic Culture: Triumph and Defeat. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Press, 137-151. (Original version published in Society, Vol. 39, No. 2 (January - February 2002).