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

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Curriculum Vitae

Recent Courses:

Soc 248 / Gov 363 Politics and Culture
Soc 430/630 Cultural Sociology
Soc 5020 Basic Problems of Sociology II
Soc 6840 New Approaches to Qualitative Methods


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.


2015 “Europe’s New Sarajevo Moment?” Op-Ed on the Charlie Hebdo murders, "Attack will empower Europe's far right" published by CNN.

2015 “Extremist Politics Before and After Charlie Hebdo.” Global Dialogue 5 (1), June.

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


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.

Pre-Publication Articles

Electoral Events as Collateral Damages:  Sovereign Debt and the Old 'New' Nationalism in Post-Security Europe.” 


2015.  "Globalization Backlash" in Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, Robert Scott and Stephen Kosslyn, eds.  Hoboken, NJ:  John Wiley and Sons.

2014 “How Do We Know What We Mean?  Epistemological Dilemmas in Cultural Sociology.”   Qualitative Sociology 37(2):  141–151.

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.