Berger, Ronald J. 1951-

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BERGER, Ronald J. 1951-


Born January 3, 1951, in Los Angeles, CA; son of Michael and Mildred (Klempner) Berger; married, 1989; wife's name Ruthy K.; children: Corey Spatola, Chad Spatola, Sarah. Ethnicity: "Jewish American." Education: University of CaliforniaLos Angeles, B.A. (cum laude), 1973, M.A., 1975, Ph.D., 1980. Hobbies and other interests: Screenwriting.


Office—Department of Sociology, University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, Whitewater, WI 53190; fax: 262-472-2803. E-mail—[email protected].


California State University—Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA, instructor in sociology, 1976-77; University of California—Riverside, Riverside, CA, visiting lecturer in sociology, 1979-81; University of Wisconsin—Whitewater, Whitewater, WI, assistant professor, 1981-85, associate professor, 1985-89, professor of sociology, 1989—, coordinator of Criminal Justice Program, 1985—. California State University—Long Beach, instructor, 1976-77; guest on radio programs; presenter of public lectures.


Wisconsin Sociological Association (member of executive committee, 1992-97).


First place award from Venice Arts Screenwriting Competition, 2000, for The Promise; William H. Sewell Outstanding Scholarship Award, Wisconsin Sociological Association, 2001.


(With S. Balkan and J. Schmidt) Crime and Deviance in America: A Critical Approach, Wadsworth Publishing (Belmont, CA), 1980.

(Editor and contributor) The Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency, Nelson-Hall (Chicago, IL), 1991, 2nd edition, Nelson-Hall (Chicago, IL)/Wadsworth Publishing (Belmont, CA), 1996.

(With P. Searles and C. Cottle) Feminism and Pornography, Praeger Publishers (New York, NY), 1991.

(Editor, with P. Searles, and contributor) Rape and Society: Readings on the Problem of Sexual Assault, Westview Press (Boulder, CO), 1995.

Constructing a Collective Memory of the Holocaust: A Life History of Two Brothers' Survival, University Press of Colorado (Boulder, CO), 1995.

(With M. Free and P. Searles) Crime, Justice, and Society: Criminology and the Sociological Imagination, McGraw-Hill (New York, NY), 2001.

Fathoming the Holocaust: A Social Problems Approach, Aldine de Gruyter (Hawthorne, NY), 2002

Author (with W. Ulbricht) of the screenplay The Promise, based on Berger's book Constructing a Collective Memory of the Holocaust. Contributor to books, including Becoming Female: Perspectives on Development, edited by C. Kopp, Plenum Publishing (New York, NY), 1979; Issues in Comparative Criminology, edited by P. Beirne and D. Niklen, Ashgate Publishing (Brookfield, VT), 1997; Perspectives on Social Problems, edited by J. Holstein and G. Miller, JAI Press (Greenwich, CT), 1998; and Social Problems: Constructionist Readings, edited by D. Loseke and J. Best, Aldine de Gruyter (Hawthorne, NY), 2003. Contributor to academic journals, including Qualitative Inquiry, Teaching Sociology, Frontiers: Journal of Women Studies, Sex Roles: Journal of Research, Gender and Society, Journal of Sociology and Social Welfare, and Criminal Justice Review. Sociological Imagination, associate editor, 1990-92, coeditor, 1992-97; chair of publications committee, Sociological Quarterly, 1998.


Once upon a Time: The Narrative Turn in Social Inquiry; Pushing for the Gold: Disability and Basketball; Wheels of Fortune: A True Story of Gangs, Disability, and Basketball; research on disability and on the Holocaust.