John Torpey
City University of New York (CUNY)
Graduate Center (CUNY)

John Torpey is Professor of Sociology at the Graduate Center. He is the author or editor of several books, including Making Whole What has Been Smashed: On Reparations Politics, Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2006; Old Europe, New Europe, Core Europe: Transatlantic Relations after the Iraq War (edited with Daniel Levy and Max Pensky; London and New York: Verso, 2005); Politics and the Past: On Repairing Historical Injustices (ed.), Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2003; Documenting Individual Identity: The Development of State Practices in the Modern World (co-edited with Jane Caplan), Princeton University Press, 2001; The Invention of the Passport: Surveillance, Citizenship, and the State, Cambridge University Press, 2000; and Intellectuals, Socialism, and Dissent: The East German Opposition and its Legacy, Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1995. His interests lie broadly in the area of comparative historical sociology and his current research focuses on the problem of “American exceptionalism”.
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