Marjorie Norton

Professor Emerita of Apparel, Housing and Res Management

Marjorie Norton joined the Virginia Tech faculty in 1980.  She held a teaching and research appointment in the former College of Human Resources and Education until 2003.  Since 2003, the research portion of her appointment has been in Agricultural and Applied Economics and the instructional portion has been in Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management.  She was department head of Clothing and Textiles for five years.  She currently chairs the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, and is extensively involved in advising both undergraduate and graduate students.

Professor Norton was an international trade analyst in the Textiles and Apparel Branch of the Office of Industries in the U.S. International Trade Commission during 1999-2000, and a visiting professor at Cornell University during 1987-1988.  She has been an expert witness in product liability litigation involving clothing fire injuries, and has wide experience consulting with textile and apparel companies and the media.  She has served on the Social Sciences Technical Subcommittee of the Experiment Station Committee on Organization and Policy and on the NCR-133 Committee on Home Economics Research Evaluation.  She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia.  She is a fellow of the International Textile and Apparel Association, the primary professional organization in the field of textiles and apparel.

Norton's teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels primarily focuses on the textile and apparel industry and international trade.

Norton's research interests include international trade, determinants of consumers’ expenditures, and evaluation of textile-product performance.  Current work includes the impact of trade policy on the textile and apparel industry and trade.

Selected Publications

  • Seock, Yoo-Kyoung, and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “Attitude toward Internet Websites, Online Information Search, and Channel Choices for Purchasing,” Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 11(3), 2007: in press.
  • Seock, Yoo-Kyoung, and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “Capturing College Students on the Web: Analysis of Clothing Website Attributes,” Journal of Fashion Marketing and Management, 11(3), 2007: in press.
  • Seock, Yoo-Kyoung, and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “College Students’ Perceived Attributes of Internet Websites and Online Shopping,” College Student Journal, 41, 2007: in press.
  • Plassmann, Vandana, S., and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “Child-Adult Expenditure Allocation by Ethnicity,” Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 33(1), 2004: 39-61.
  • Cho, Gilsoo, Eunjou Yi, Jeong-Sook Cho, and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “Thermal Adaptability and Hand of Wool Fabric Treated with High Molecular Weight Polyethylene Glycol and a Softener,” Textile Research Journal, 71, 2001: 503-508.
  • Freund, Kimberly A., and Marjorie J.T. Norton, 2001, Industry & trade summary: Broadwoven Fabrics(USITC Publication 3382),Washington, D.C.:  U.S. International Trade Commission, Office of Industries, 70 pp.
  • Ellerbrock, Michael, and Marjorie Norton, “Epistemological Foundations of Teaching and Learning through the Land-Grant System,” Review of Agricultural Economics, 22(1), 2000: 218-227.
  • Norum, Pamela S., Robert O. Weagley, and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “The Effect of Uniforms on Nonuniform Apparel Expenditures,” Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 26, 1998: 259-280.
  • Vida, Irena, and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “Marketing Strategies of US Textile Manufacturers in the European Union,” The Journal of the Textile Institute, Part 2: Economics, Management and Marketing, 88, 1997: 115-125.
  • Todd, Wendy L., and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “Garment-Doffing Kinematic Analysis,”Clothing and Textiles Research Journal, 14(1), 1996: 63-72.
  • Zhang, Zhiming, and Marjorie J.T. Norton, “Family Members' Expenditures for Clothing Categories,” Family and Consumer Sciences Research Journal, 23, 1995: 311-336.