April surprise: Is Le Pen really Hillary?

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Culture, Security and Populism in the New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Berezin says comparisons between French populist candidate Marine Le Pen and Donald Trump – already fraught ­– may end this weekend, when Le Pen faces the […]

Children mean stress for mums, joy for dads

ITHACA, N.Y. – A new study from a Cornell University sociologist shows that while parents enjoy the time they spend with their children, parenting carries more strain for mothers. That is likely, the researchers found, because moms spend more time with their kids while doing more onerous chores like basic childcare, cooking and cleaning, whereas […]

Census poverty numbers are a snapshot, not full picture

This morning, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its poverty numbers for 2015. The expectation is that the number will likely approximate the poverty rate from the year before. Tom Hirschl, sociologist and co-author of “Chasing the American Dream: Understanding What Shapes Our Fortunes,” says the problem with these estimates is that they only provide […]

Defeat of far-right in Austria is no cause for celebration

Mabel Berezin is professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe” and “Europe Without Borders.” Despite the defeat of the Austrian far-right party, she says the political group remains strong and the European Union remains muted in the face of extremism. […]

Don’t count on strangers in medical emergencies, especially if you’re African-American

Media note: to download the paper, please follow this link. ITHACA, N.Y. – So long, good Samaritans. In the first study of its kind, Cornell sociologists have found that people who have a medical emergency in a public place can’t necessarily rely on the kindness of strangers. Only 2.5 percent of people, or 1 in […]

Numbers don’t lie: Eurozone rebound more myth than reality

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE  Numbers don’t lie: Eurozone rebound more myth than reality  Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013 Mabel Berezin, professor of sociology at Cornell University and author of “Illiberal Politics in Neoliberal Times: Cultures, Security, and Populism in a New Europe,” comments on recent media reports declaring a Eurozone economic rebound. Berezin says:  “Suggestions […]

Smithfield ham takeover could transform China’s pork palate

CORNELL UNIVERSITY MEDIA RELATIONS OFFICE  Smithfield ham takeover could transform China’s pork palate  Tuesday, June 4, 2013 Mindi Schneider, a researcher in Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Science Development Sociology department, discusses the business and social implications of a Chinese company acquiring Smithfield Foods. Media note: Schneider’s research focuses on the Chinese pork industry, […]