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Ian Reifowitz
Associate Professor
Old Westbury, NY


  • U.S. Politics
  • Barack Obama
  • Race relations/pluralism in America
  • Nationalism, ethnicity and identity
  • New media/Internet/blogs
  • Jewish identity


Ian Reifowitz is associate professor of Historical Studies, and has been with SUNY Empire State College since 2002.

In recent years, he has been researching and writing on pluralism, race/ethnicity, and national identity in the contemporary United States.

Reifowitz is the author of the forthcoming book, "Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity," which will be published in the summer of 2012 by Potomac Books.

His 2003 book, "Imagining an Austrian Nation: Joseph Samuel Bloch and the Search for a Multiethnic Austrian Identity," was published by East European Monographs and distributed by Columbia University Press. Previously, his historical research examined nationalism and ethnic identity in Austria-Hungary, with some focus on Jewish identity.

He has also published articles in The New Republic (online), Newsday, and the Post-Star (Glens Falls/Saratoga Springs, NY) on themes ranging from competing visions of American national identity on the left and the right, to American race relations, to a comparison of radical multiculturalism and the “Religious Right.”

Reifowitz earned his Bachelor of Arts in History from Brown University, and his Master of Arts and Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University. He is the recipient of the Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship from the Empire State College Foundation.

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