Mabel Berezin is a sociologist who earned her Ph.D at Harvard. She is currently Professor of Sociology at Cornell University where she chaired the Department from 2010 to 2014. 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.
In academic year 2018-2019, she was a Member of the School of Social Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton where she worked on a monograph addressing the global resurgence of nationalism and the populist challenge to democratic practice. The End of Security and the Rise of Populism is currently under contract at Oxford University Press.
She teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in the area of Comparative Historical Sociology, Culture, Political Institutions, Theory, Qualitative Methods, & Economy and Society.