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Mabel Berezin

PhD 1987, Harvard University
Curriculum Vitae

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

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Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853-7601


Mabel Berezin is a comparative sociologist whose work explores the intersection of political institutions and cultural meanings with an emphasis on challenges to democratic cohesion and solidarity in Europe and the United States.  She is the author of Making the Fascist Self: The Political Culture of Interwar Italy  which was awarded the J. David Greenstone Prize by the American Political Science Association and which Choice named an “Outstanding Academic Book of 1997;”   Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Society and Populism in the New Europe; and co-editor with Martin Schain of Europe without Borders: Remapping Territory, Citizenship, and Identity in a Transnational Age.

Berezin’s research lies at the intersection of cultural and political sociology.   In addition to numerous articles, review essays and contributions to edited volumes, she has edited four collaborative volumes:  Democratic Culture:  Ethnos and Demos in Global Perspective (with Jeffrey Alexander); an issue of Theory and Society (38 (4) 2009), entitled “Emotion and Rationality in Economic Life;” and an issue of Qualitative Sociology (37 (2) 2014), entitled Methods, Materials and Meanings:  Designing Cultural Analysis.”  She has Guest Edited with Michele Lamont, Alonzo Plough and Matthew Trujillo a Special Issue of Social, Science and Medicine (165 (September) 2016) on “Mutuality, Health Promotion and Collective Cultural Change.”

She has held fellowships from the European University Institute, the Leverhulme Trust, ASA Fund for Advancement of the Discipline and the German Marshall Fund. She is working on a monograph When Security Ends: the Crisis and Challenges to Democracy in Europe and Beyond that addresses the global resurgence of nationalism and the populist challenge to democratic practice.

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.

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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