Dr. Marit A. Berntson

Department: Sociology
Office: 302 Trout Hall
Phone: 378-5186




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


Course List

Research & Teaching Interests:

Research interests: political extremism; fascism; organized anti-Semitism; women in politics; anti-immigration and anti-racism movements; intimate relationships; hooking up.

Teaching interests: Introduction to Sociology; Culture & Society, Data Analysis; Research Methods; Social Movements; Political Sociology; Women in Politics; Politics in Art; Fads, Fashions, and Movements; Seminar.

Recent Publications:

2014. “The Impact of Peers and Perceptions on Hooking Up,” with Kristi L. Hoffman and Tracy L. Luff, College Student Affairs Journal. 32, 1 (Special Issue): 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 Slides” for Chapters 1 – 20 for 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.



Dr. Marit Berntson joined the Roanoke faculty in fall 2002 after spending two years at Grinnell College as a Mellon postdoctoral fellow and lecturer. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and her B.A. from St. Olaf College. Dr. Berntson is currently working with Dr. Kristi Hoffman, Roanoke College, and Dr. Tracy Luff, Concord University, on a study of relationships, hooking up, and dating among college students, which has resulted in two refereed publications. She has published a chapter on fascism in the Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology and is currently conducting research on the anti-immigration and the anti-racism movements in France from 1981 to 1986. Her published dissertation research was on women's reasons for joining France's extreme right-wing Front National political party, based on an analysis of party documents, fieldwork, and interviews and correspondence conducted from 1997-2000. Her earlier published research was on nationalism, on fascism in Europe between the first and second world wars, and on women in the pre-1933 Nazi Party. In addition to chairing the Department of Sociology and the Institutional Review Board, Dr. Berntson serves on the Faculty Affairs Committee, the Academic Integrity Council, and as a Faculty Marshal.