Beth Montemurro, Ph.D.

Professor of Sociology
Woodland, 236d, 215-881-7566

Educational Background

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Georgia, 2001
M.A. Sociology, University of Georgia, 1998
B.A. Sociology, Manhattan College, 1994

Research Interests

Sexuality and Aging, Gender and Sexuality, Culture, Qualitative Methodology,
Weddings and Marriage, Popular Culture, Symbolic Interaction

Selected Publications List

2016. Montemurro, Beth. “Having Sex.” In Popular Culture as Everyday Life, edited by Phillip Vannini and Dennis D. Waskul, Routledge.  

2015. Brianna Bland* and Beth Montemurro. “The Effects of Watching Real Housewives of Atlanta on Attitudes about Sexuality and Relationships.” Journal of Black Sexuality & Relationships 2(1):35-58.

2015. Montemurro, Beth and Jacob A. Benfield. “Hung Out to Dry: Use and Consequences of Disparagement Humor on American Idol.” International Journal of Humor Research 28(2): 229-252.

2015. Montemurro, Beth, Jennifer Bartasavich* and Leann Wintermute.* “Let’s (Not) Talk about Sex: Factors that Promote or Inhibit Women’s Discussion of Sexuality.” Sexuality & Culture 19(1): 139-156.

2014 Beth Montemurro. Deserving Desire: Women’s Stories of Sexual Evolution. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press

2014 Beth Montemurro. “Getting Married, Breaking Up and Making Up for Lost Time: Relationship Transitions as Turning Points in Women’s Sexuality.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 43(1): 63-93.

2014 Beth Montemurro and Jenna Marie Siefken.* “Cougars on the Prowl? Perceptions of Older Women’s Sexuality.” Journal of Aging Studies 28(1): 35-43.

2013 Beth Montemurro and Meghan M. Gillen. “How Clothes Make the Woman Immoral: Impressions Given Off by Sexualized Clothing.” Clothing and Textiles Research Journal 31 (3): 167-181.

2013 Beth Montemurro and Meghan Gillen. “Wrinkles and Sagging Flesh:  Exploring how Transformations in Body Image Influence Women’s Sexuality.” Journal of Women and Aging 25(1): 3-23.

2012 Beth Montemurro and Jenna Marie Siefken.* “MILFs and Matrons: Images and Realities of Mothers’ Sexuality.” Sexuality & Culture. 16(4): 366-388.

2007 Beth Montemurro. Toward a Sociology of Reality Television. Sociology Compass 1: 1-23.

2006 Beth Montemurro. Something Old, Something Bold: Bridal Showers and Bachelorette Parties. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.

2005 Beth Montemurro and Bridget McClure*. “Changing Gender Norms for Alcohol Consumption:  Social Drinking and Lowered Inhibitions at Bachelorette Parties.”  Sex Roles: A Journal of Research 52(5/6): 279-288.

2005 Beth Montemurro. “Add Men, Don’t Stir: Reproducing Traditional Gender Roles in Modern Wedding Showers.” Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 34(1): 6-35.

2002. Montemurro, Beth. “ ‘You go ‘cause you have to’:  The Bridal Shower as a Ritual of Obligation.”  Symbolic Interaction 25 (1): 67-92.

*undergraduate student co-author

Teaching Interests and Courses Taught

SOC 005 (Social Problems), SOC 110 (Sociology of Gender), SOC 471 (Qualitative Methods), SOC 497 (Sociology of Sexuality)


2009-2011 Career Development Professorship, Penn State University
2008 Outstanding Teacher Award, Penn State University, Abington
2015 Outstanding Scholar Award, Penn State University, Abington