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Mabel Berezin


Mabel Berezin

Uris Hall, Room 346

Educational Background

Ph.D. 1987 Harvard University




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 Taught

SOC 2480/ GOVT 3633    Politics and Culture

SOC 430/630                       Cultural Sociology

SOC 5020                               Basic Problems in Sociology II

SOC 6840                               New Approaches to Qualitative Methods


  • Sociology

Graduate Fields

  • Government
  • Peace Studies and Peace Science
  • Sociology


  • Social and Cultural Appeal of Fringe Parties in France and Italy as a Response to Europeanization
  • Comparative Historical Study of Institution Building, Citizenship and Social Capital in Early 20th Century United States and Europe
  • Role of Emotions in Macrosociological Systems (i.e., Politics, Economics) 


Spring 2021



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.


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