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Mabel Berezin


Ph.D. 1987
Harvard University

346 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

(607) 255-4042

Areas of Interest:

  • Comparative and Historical Sociology
  • Culture
  • Political Institutions and Ideologies
  • Theory
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Economy and Society

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Curriculum Vitae

Recent Courses:

Soc 248 / Gov 363 Politics and Culture
Soc 408/508 Qualitative Methods
Soc 510 / Gov 637 Comparative Societal Analysis
Soc 430/630 Cultural Sociology
Soc 6840 New Approaches to Qualitative Methods
Soph Seminar Soc 327 Toleration and Fundamentalism: Political Culture, Religion and the State


Berezin's research asks how shared cultural meanings and practices shape 1) political institutions such as the state; 2) social processes around political movements and ideologies; and 3) agents through the construction of political identities. Her methodology is primarily comparative and historical.

Her current work focuses on contemporary sites of social, political and cultural change--places where political arrangements have collapsed and new institutions and identities are in the process of formation.



2014 Surprise What Surprise?: the old "new" nationalisms in post-security Europe (mp3).
February 26, 2014,  European Institute, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, England.  Public Lecture, “Contesting Europe”


2009 Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Read about Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times on

2003 [with Martin Schain], eds. Europe Without Borders: Re-mapping Territory, Citizenship and Identity in a Transnational Age. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

1997 Making the Fascist Self: The Political Culture of Inter-war Italy. In the "Wilder House Series in Culture, Politics and History". Ithaca: Cornell University Press.


2013 "The Normalization of the Right in Post-Security Europe" Politics in the Age of Austerity, Armin Schaefer and Wolfgang Streeck, editors. UK: Polity Press: 239–261.

2012 "Events as Templates of Possibility: An Analytic Typology of Political Facts" In The Oxford Handbook of Cultural Sociology, Jeffrey C. Alexander, Ronald Jacobs, and Philip Smith, eds. NY: Oxford University Press, 613-635.

2011 "Europe Was Yesterday", Harvard International Review

2009 "Exploring Emotions and the Economy: New Contributions from Sociological Theory," Theme Issue: Emotion and Rationality in Economic Life Theory and Society, Mabel Berezin, Editor

2008 [Co-authored with Juan Diez-Medrano] “Distance Matters: Place, Political Legitimacy and Popular Support for European Integration”. Comparative European Politics 6 (March): 1-32.

2007a “Revisiting The French Front National: The Ontology of a Political Mood.(Special Issue: Racist and Far Right Groups) Journal of Contemporary Ethnography 36 (2) (April): 129-146.

2006a “The Festival State: Celebration and Commemoration in Fascist Italy.” “Festivals and Totalitarianism” The Journal of Modern European History. 3 (1): S. 60-74.

2006b “Appropriating the ‘No:’ The French National Front, the Vote on the Constitution, and the ‘New’ April 21.PS: Political Science and Politics 39 (April): 269-272.

2006d “Xenophobia and the New Nationalisms.” In Handbook of Nations and Nationalism, Gerard Delanty and Krishan Kumar, eds. London: Sage Publications: 273-284.

2005 “Emotions and the Economy.” In Handbook of Economic Sociology, 2nd edition, Neil J. Smelser and Richard Swedberg, eds. New York and Princeton: Russell Sage Foundation and Princeton University Press: 109-127.

2002 “Secure States: Towards a Political Sociology of Emotion”. In “Sociology and Emotions,” Jack Barbalet, ed. Sociological Review Monograph. London: Basil Blackwell: 33-52.

1999 [with Jeffrey C. Alexander] “Theme Issue: Democratic Culture: Ethnos and Demos in Global Perspective”. International Sociology, Volume 14, September.

1999 "Political Belonging: Emotion, Nation and Identity in Fascist Italy." In State/Culture, George Steinmetz, ed. Ithaca: Cornell University Press: 355-377.

1997 "Politics and Culture: A Less Fissured Terrain." Annual Review of Sociology 23 (August): 361-83.

1994 "Cultural Form and Political Meaning: State Subsidized Theater, Ideology and the Language of Style in Fascist Italy." American Journal of Sociology 99 (March): 1237-1286.