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Mabel Berezin

Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies
PhD 1987, Harvard University
Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest: Comparative Historical Sociology, Culture, Political Institutions, Theory, Qualitative Methods, Economy and Society

Personal Site

346 Uris Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7601


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.

Recent Courses

SOC 2480 / GOVT 3633
SOC 430/630
SOC 5020
SOC 6840

Politics and Culture
Cultural Sociology
Basic Problems in Sociology II
New Approaches to Qualitative Methods


2016 “It’s time to admit it: We’re all afraid of terrorism” Comment on attacks in Nice and political emotion published in Salon.

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 EuropePolitics 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