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John Torpey
Position: Professor of Sociology and History / Director of RBIIS
Campus Affiliation: Graduate Center
Phone: 212-817-8777
Room Number: 5203.01
Specialization: Race, Ethnicity, and Migration|Social and Critical Theory|Sociology of Religion|Sociology of State, Social Class, and Political Sociology

Research Interests: Comparative Historacal Sociology, Comparative Religion, Conflict, and Changes in the Nature of Warfare in the Contemporary World

John Torpey is Professor of Sociology and History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and (from January 2014) Director of the Ralph Bunche Institute for International Studies at the Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of eight books: Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent: The East German Opposition and its Legacy(1995); The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State (2000); Documenting Individual Identity: The Development of State Practices in the Modern World (edited with Jane Caplan; Princeton: Princeton UP, 2001); Politics and the Past: On Repairing Historical Injustices (2004); Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations after the Iraq War (2005), Making Whole What Has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics (2006); The Post-Secular in Question (2012); and, with Christian Joppke, Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison (2013). He is on the editorial board of Theory and Society and the Journal of Human Rights, and edits a series for Temple University Press titled “Politics, History, and Social Change.”