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Presidential Professor of Sociology and History, Graduate Center, City University of New York

John Torpey is 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 a number of books, including Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent: The East German Opposition and its Legacy(1995); The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State (2000; 2nd ed. 2018); 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); Legal Integration of Islam: A Transatlantic Comparison (with Christian Joppke, 2013); Transformations of Warfare in the Contemporary World (edited with David Jacobson, 2017); and The Three Axial Ages: Moral, Material, Mental. He is on the editorial board of Theory and Society and edits a series for Temple University Press titled “Politics, History, and Social Change.”


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    Presidential Professor of Sociology and History, City University of New York