Cory Blad

Dean of the School of Liberal Arts

Dean, School of Liberal Arts

I am proud to serve as Dean of the School of Liberal Arts since 2021. Prior to my current position, I was Chair of Sociology and Director of Urban Studies during my time as a Professor in the Department of Sociology. While I deeply miss teaching on a more regular basis, I am committed to ensuring the success of the students, faculty, and staff of SoLA.


Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Tennessee (2006)

M.A. in History, Northeastern University (2000)

B.A. in History, University of New Hampshire (1998)

Courses Taught

SOC 150      Roots: Sociology
SOC 153      First-Year Seminar: Sociology
SOC 201      Study Abroad: The State and Welfare Capitalism in Scandinavia
SOC 212      Migration, Globalization, and Culture
SOC 304      Social Class and Inequality
SOC 307      Research Methods
SOC 310      Sociology of Deviance
SOC 327      Power and Conflict
SOC 329      Political Economy of Global Migration
SOC 416      Senior Seminar
URBN 202    Urban Environments
URBN 402    Independent Study: GIS and Urban Studies
  • Research
    • Global Political Economy
    • Nationalist Politics
    • State Theory
    • Nationalism and Culture
    • Social Movements
  • Publications and Scholarly Activities


    2020 Jon Shefner and Cory Blad. Why Austerity Persists. London: Polity Press.

    2019 Mia Arp Fallov and Cory Blad, eds.Social Welfare Responses in a Neoliberal Era.Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.

    2011 Cory Blad. Neoliberalism and National Culture: State-Building and Legitimacy in Canada and Québec. Leiden: Brill Publishers.

    Book Chapters

    2018 Cory Blad. “Searching for Saviors: Economic Adversities and the Challenge of Legitimacy in the Neoliberal Era.” In Social Welfare Responses in a Neoliberal Era, edited by Mia Arp Fallov and Cory Blad. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers.

    2016 Cory Blad. “Faustian States: Nationalist Politics and the Problem of Legitimacy in the Neoliberal Era.” In Global Culture: Theories and Paradigms Revisited, edited by Vincenzo Mele and Marina Vujnovic. Leiden: Brill Academic Publishers. 

    2015 Cory Blad. "Gently Biting the Hand that Feeds: Popular Engagement with Inequality After the Great Recession." Current Perspectives in Social Theory 34, edited by Jon Shefner and Harry Dahms. Emerald Publishing.

    2009 Cory Blad. “The Nation-State: History, Theory, and Contemporary Challenges.” In Globalisation and Security, edited by Ronaldo Munck and Honor Fagan. Westport, CT: Praeger International.

    2006 Jon Shefner, George Pasdirtz, and Cory Blad. “Austerity Protests and Immiserating Growth in Mexico and Argentina.”  In Latin American Social Movements: Globalization, Democratization, and Transnational Networks, edited by Hank Johnston and Paul Almeida. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.

    Journal Articles

    2020 Justin Peralta and Cory Blad. “Addressing Race and Class in the Lasallian Legacy of Social Justice.” Axis: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education 11(1).

    2016 Ryan Waters and Cory Blad. “In the Land of Whose People? Inequality, Neoliberalism, and Shifting Nationalisms in Israel.” Journal of Globalization Studies 7(2): 118-136.

    2016 Cory Blad, Samuel Olorontumba, and Jon Shefner. "Course Corrections and Failed Rationales: How Comparative Advantage and Debt Are Used to Legitimate Austerity in Africa and Latin America." Third World Quarterly 38(4): 822-843.

    2013 Jason Stacy, Cory Blad, and Rob Velella. “Morbid Inferences: Whitman, Wikipedia, and the Debate over the Poet’s Sexuality.” Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal 3(4): 1-15.

    2012 Cory Blad and Banu Koçer. “Political Islam and State Legitimacy in Turkey: The Role of National Culture in Neoliberal State-Building.” International Political Sociology 6 (1): 36-56.

    2012 Cory Blad. “Teaching Social Structure in a Poststructural Classroom: A (Mild) Defense of an Economic Determinist Approach.” The Councilor: A Journal of the Social Sciences 73(1): 1-11.

    2011 Cory Blad. “The Paradoxical Return of National Culture in the Globalization Era: Theorizing Present and Future State Legitimation.” Race, Gender, and Class 18 (3-4): 329-347.

    2009 Cory Blad and Philippe Couton. “The Rise of an Intercultural Nation: Immigration, Diversity and Nationhood in Quebec.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 35(4).

    2008  Cory Blad. “Globalization and the Efficacy of National Culture: A Methodological Framework for Analyzing the Neoliberal State.” International Journal of Social Inquiry 1(2): 37-67.