Despite his status as an academic, Berman's books are written for a general audience. They are concerned with the state of Western civilization and with an ethical, historically responsible, or enlightened approach to living within it. Emphasized in his work are the legacies of the European Enlightenment and the historical place of present-day American culture. His books include Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire (Norton, 2006), The Twilight of American Culture (Norton, 2000), Wandering God: A Study in Nomadic Spirituality (State University of New York Press, 2000), Coming to Our Senses: Body and Spirit in the Hidden History of the West (1989), and The Reenchantment of the World (Cornell University Press, 1981).
Berman has been on the faculty of a number of universities in the U.S. and Canada, and presently teaches as a visiting scholar in the sociology department at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C.. He currently resides in Mexico and writes for Parteaguas quarterly magazine, among other publications.