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Mabel Berezin

Visiting Scholar 2015-2016


Mabel Berezin

Berezin is Professor of Sociology at Cornell University where she chaired the department from 2010 to 2014. She is a comparative historical sociologist whose work explores Europe’s political and cultural institutions and the challenges to democracy.

Berezin received her Ph.D. from Harvard in 1987. During her graduate studies, she was affiliated with CES and later returned as a Visiting Scholar. During this tenure at the Center, she will work on a book entitled When Security Ends: the Debt Crisis and Challenges to Democracy in Europe. This project will examine the resurgence of extreme nationalism in today’s Europe as one of the collateral damages of the European debt crisis and austerity measures.

She is the author of Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Security, and Populism in the New Europe (Cambridge University Press, 2009). Her book, Making the Fascist Self: The Political Culture of Inter-War Italy (Cornell University Press, 1997), was awarded the J. David Greenstone Prize for Best Book in “Politics and History” by the American Political Science Association and named an “Outstanding Academic Book of 1997” by Choice.

This information is accurate for the time period that the scholar is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Sociology, Cornell University

Other Material

Country of Origin:

United States



Areas of Expertise:


Economy and Society


Political Institutions

Qualitative Methods

Research Topic:

When Security Ends: The Debt Crisis and Challenges to Democracy in Europe