Mitch Berbrier, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Ph.D., Indiana University, 1996
Introduction to Sociology
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Sociology of Deviance and Social Control
Community Service Internship
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 served as department chair since 2006 (but for a brief hiatus during 2010-11). He currently teaches the following courses: Introduction to Sociology, Sociology of Ethnicity and Race, Sociology of Deviance and Social Control, Sociology of Social Movements, and Research Methods. He has also taught Sociology of Religion.
Dr. Berbrier's research interests include social constructionist, social historical, and social movement approaches to race, ethnicity, and minority status. In the past, he focused on three groups: the Deaf, gay males, and white supremacists. His current research project looks at the construction of ethnicity and race in 20th century America by focusing on the symbolic politics and social history of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. Dr. Berbrier 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.
Department of Sociology
The University of Alabama in Huntsville
344G Morton Hall
Huntsville, AL 35899