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Dr. Marit Berntson


Department: Sociology and Public Health
Office: 302 Trout Hall





B.A., St. Olaf College;
Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Research & Teaching Interests

Research interests: Sociology of the body; Sociology of sport; Intimate relationships; Hooking up; Political sociology; Organized anti-Semitism; Fascism; Social movements and countermovements.

Teaching interests: Culture & Society; Introduction to Sociology; Sport & Society; Sport - Not Just a Game; Qualitative Methods & Analysis; Quantitative Methods & Analysis; Social Movements; Political Sociology; Women in Politics; Politics in Art; Fads, Fashions, & Movements; Seminar.

Recent Publications

2021. "Fascism," 3rd ed. In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Lynette Spillman. New York: Oxford University Press. 

2018. "Fascism," 2nd ed. In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Lynette Spillman. New York: Oxford University Press.

2017. "Hooking Up and Dating are Two Sides of a Coin," with Tracy L. Luff and Kristi Hoffman. In Jodi O'Brien and Arlene Stein, eds. Gender, Sexuality, and Intimacy: A Contexts Reader. Sage. Pp. 167-170.

2016. “Hooking Up and Dating are Two Sides of a Coin,” with Tracy L. Luff and Kristi Hoffman. Contexts. Winter: 76-77.

2014. “The Impact of Peers and Perceptions on Hooking Up,” with Kristi L. Hoffman and Tracy L. Luff, College Student Affairs Journal. 32 (1): 129-140.

2014. "College as Context: Influences on Interpersonal Sexual Scripts," with Kristi L. Hoffman and Tracy L. Luff, Sexuality & Culture. 18 (1): 149-165 (online May 2013).

2013. “Fascism.” In Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology. Ed. Jeff Manza. New York: Oxford University Press.

2012. "Lecture Notes & PowerPoint Slides" for Chapters 1-20 of Introduction to Sociology, 8th edition, by Anthony Giddens, Mitchell Duneier, Richard P. Appelbaum, and Deborah Carr. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

2011. Review of Sünner, Rüdiger. Black Sun: The Mythological Background of National Socialism. Brooklyn, NY: Icarus Films, 2009. Teaching Sociology. 39 (4): 397-399.

2009. Joan of Arc’s Daughters: Women in France’s National Front. LAP Lambert Academic Publishing, Köln.

2007. Review of Albanese, Patrizia. Mothers of the Nation: Women, Families, and Nationalism in Twentieth-Century Europe. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006. American Journal of Sociology. 112 (5): 1591-1593.

2005. “Political Sociology syllabus and selected course assignments,” in Sarah Sobieraj, ed. Political Sociology: Syllabi and Instructional Materials, 5th ed. Washington, DC: American Sociological Association. Pp. 4-15.

2004. Review of Kastoryano, Riva. Negotiating Identities: States and Immigrants in France and Germany. Trans. Barbara Harshav. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2002. In Contemporary Sociology. 33 (2): 223-225.

2001. “Belgian Nationalism,” “Flemish Nationalism,” “Henry Ford,” and “Walloon Nationalism.” In Alexander Motyl, ed. Encyclopedia of Nationalism, vol. 2. San Diego: Academic Press. Pp. 47, 165-166, 167, 577.

1999. “Interwar Fascist Popularity in Europe and the Default of the Left,” with William Brustein. European Sociological Review. 15 (2): 159-178.

1998. “Gender and Nazism: Women Joiners of the Pre-1933 Nazi Party,” with Brian Ault. American Behavioral Scientist. 41 (9): 1193-1218.