Louisa Roberts

Assistant Professor


East Hall 308

Phone: (605) 677-5402

Email: Louisa.Roberts@usd.edu


Dr. Roberts studies the global spread of ideas and values. Her current work examines the influence of factors that promote and impede the globalization of the acceptance of homosexuality in public opinion and law, worldwide. She has also co-authored a book on the historic use of anti-Semistism in politics, entitled The Socialism of Fools? The Leftist Origins of Modern Anti-Semitism (Cambridge University Press; 2015).

Teaching Interests:

Medical Sociology, Courtship and Marriage, Statistical Research Methods, Introduction to Sociology, and Global Sociology

Research Interests:

Globalization of Culture and Ideas, Global Gay Rights, Anti-Semitism


  • Ph D, Sociology, Ohio State University, 2017
  • MA, Social Sciences, University of Chicago, 2008
  • BA, History and Biology, Wesleyan University, 2002


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Roberts, Louisa, and Brustein, William I.. The Socialism of Fools? Leftist Origins on Modern Anti-Semitism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015.

Awards and Honors:

  • Outstanding Graduate Student Paper Award, Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity Section of the American Sociological Association, 2017
  • Graduate Student Paper Award, Human Rights Section of the American Sociological Association, 2016
  • Outstanding Doctoral Student Award, Department of Sociology, Ohio State University, 2012


  • Roberts, Louisa. Global Policy Diffusion via Domestic Public Opinion? The Case of Same-Sex Unions and Anti-Discrimination Policy. Presented at the American Sociological Association (ASA) Annual Meeting Pre-Conference: The Sociology of International Organizations, Philadelphia, PA. (August 10, 2018)