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Carissa Wolf

Carissa WolfAdjunct Faculty


  • Media Literacy
  • Preparing for the Profession
  • Advanced Writing and Reporting

Teaching Specialties

Advanced news and features reporting and writing, career preparation, media and socialization, media systems, innovations and trends in journalism, sociological inquiry, the sociology of media, sociological communication, and media literacy.

Research Interests/Activities

Journalism, media literacy, subcultures, media systems


Carissa Wolf is an author, journalist, and educator. She teaches sociology, communication, and media courses at Boise State University where she serves as a lecturer in the Sociology Department and adjunct instructor in the Department of Media.

Wolf’s courses explore the connections between communication, media and society and introduce students to the fundamentals of sociological thought and inquiry. Her media courses delve into the advanced techniques of reporting and writing and explore the latest trends and innovations in journalism and content creation.

Wolf earned degrees in mass communication, sociology and communication from Boise State University and has covered politics, the environment, social issues, social movements, and civil rights as a journalist for dozens of newspapers and news organizations. Her work has been heard on Public Radio and public television and often appears on the front pages of The Washington Post where she is a regular contributor. Wolf is the co-creator of the Idaho Media Initiative at Boise State and has won dozens of journalism awards for her enterprise reports including a Livingston Award nomination for her work at The Idaho Statesman, an Association of Alternative Newsmedia Award for Public Service Reporting and multiple Press Club honors.

Wolf’s past projects include multi-platform, database reporting, a four-hour interview conducted entirely on a whitewater raft and reports dispatched from a Blackhawk helicopter. Wolf’s current work and interests include magazine writing, long-form journalism, public sociology and social research on subcultures and extremist groups. Her most recent book, “Numbered,” explores the history women prisoners.

Contact Information

Office: RIVERFRONT-214
Phone: (208) 426-3406
Office Hours: By appointment