Julie Beicken

Assistant Professor of Sociology
B.A. Oberlin College                           
M.A., PhD The University of Texas at Austin
Phone: 406.657.1095
Office: Morledge-Kimball Hall 301
Email: julie.beicken@rocky.edu


Dr. Julie Beicken graduated with high honors from Oberlin College with a major in Gender and Women’s Studies. After college, she worked as a paralegal for a civil rights law firm in New York City before earning her Masters and PhD in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Beicken’s research has focused on political sociology, with an emphasis on eugenics, social movements, the global war on terror, and torture. Her Master’s thesis, “Eugenics: An Elite Social Movement,” informed the basis for her coauthored book with Sheldon Ekland-Olson, How Ethical Systems Change: Eugenics, The Final Solution, Bioethics (Routledge, 2011). Her dissertation, “Terrorism, Television, and Torture: Post-9/11 Morality in Popular Culture” analyzed government documents and popular media to explore how 9/11 altered the moral stance on torture in the United States. Rooted in both political and cultural sociology, her approach incorporated aspects of media studies through ethnographic content analysis of television and film. In her current work, she is pleased to be collaborating with Little Big Horn College on a substance abuse prevention project on the Crow reservation, as well as focusing scholarly attention on pedagogy and the teaching of sociology.

Dr. Beicken is passionate about a liberal arts education and enjoys teaching an array of courses in sociology. She is delighted to be a part of the Rocky Mountain College community. Outside academia, she enjoys the outdoors, dogs, running, and traveling. 

Courses Taught

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 225: Sociology of Public Health
  • SOC 262: Life and Death Decisions
  • SOC 310: Social Stratification
  • SOC 324: Sociocultural Theory
  • SOC 342: Deviance
  • SOC 343: Punishment and Society
  • SOC 365: Sociology of Gender and the Family
  • SOC 409: Practicing Social Research