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John Torpey
Position: Presidential Professor of Sociology and History/Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8777
Room Number: 5203.01
Specialization: Social and Critical Theory|Sociology of Religion|Sociology of State, Social Class, and Political Sociology
Research Interests: Comparative Historical Sociology
John Torpey is Presidential Professor of Sociology and History and Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center, CUNY. He is the author or editor of ten books, including  The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State (2000; 2nd ed. 2018); The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental (2017); Making Whole What Has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics (2006; re-issued 2017); Transformations of Warfare in the Contemporary World (edited with David Jacobson, 2016); Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison (with Christian Joppke, 2013); The Post-Secular in Question (2012); Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations after the Iraq War (2005); Politics and the Past: On Repairing Historical Injustices (2004);  Documenting Individual Identity: The Development of State Practices in the Modern World (edited with Jane Caplan; Princeton: Princeton UP, 2001); and Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent: The East German Opposition and its Legacy (1995). He is on the editorial board of Theory and Society and edits a series for Temple University Press titled “Politics, History, and Social Change.”  During 2016-17, he was president of the Eastern Sociological Society.