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Ian Reifowitz
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 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 book,
"Obama's America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity," (Potomac Books, 2012) which examines the president’s rhetorical attempt to transform our national identity by making it fully and equally inclusive of all Americans.

He is a contributing editor at the political website Daily Kos, which has approximately half a million unique visitors per day.

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. His historical research examines nationalism and ethnic identity in Austria-Hungary, with a focus on Jewish identity.

He has also published articles in Newsday, The Daily News, The New Republic, In These Times, The Post-Star, the Huffington Post and at Truthout on themes ranging from various political issues, to 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, and in 2014 received the S.U.N.Y. Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities.

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