Originally from Montreal, Quebec, Mitch Berbrier earned business and psychology degrees from McGill University before discovering a love of sociology. He earned the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in sociology (in 1990 and 1996) from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. He began teaching in Milwaukee at Marquette University, and has been at UAH since 1996.

Mitch has taught the following Sociology courses at UAH: Introduction to Sociology, Ethnicity and Race, Deviance and Social Control, Social Movements, Religion, and Research Methods. Mitch served as sociology department chair for more than 7 years between 2006 and 2014, before taking the position of Interim Dean in November 2014.

Mitch's research interests include social constructionist, social historical, and social movement approaches to race, ethnicity, and minority status. In addition to several smaller projects, Mitch's research included two major projects. The first, drawing on his doctoral dissertation, involved analyzing the socially-constrained and therefore oddly similar discourse across gay, Deaf, and white supremacist activists in the late 20th century. The second examined the construction of ethnicity and race in 20th century USA in a study of the symbolic politics and social history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Mitch has been active in the Society for the Study of Social Problems, serving as Chair of the Social Problems Theory Division from 2006 to 2008. He has two wonderful children at the center of his life—Samantha and Jack.

Dr. Mitch Berbrier's Curriculum Vitae


  • Ph.D., Sociology, Indiana University, 1996
  • M.A., Sociology, Indiana University, 1990
  • B.A., Psychology, McGill University, 1987
  • B.Comm., Accounting, McGill University, 1984
  • DEC (Diplome d'etudes Collegiale), Vanier College, 1981

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