Ian Reifowitz is a SUNY Distinguished Professor, and teaches Historical Studies at Empire State College of the State University of New York. In 2014 he earned a SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and in 2009 received Empire State College’s Susan H. Turben Award for Excellence in Scholarship. His newest book, The Tribalization of Politics: How Rush Limbaugh's Race-Baiting Rhetoric on the Obama Presidency Paved the Way for Trump, was published by Ig Publishing in 2019. His second book was Obama’s America: A Transformative Vision of Our National Identity, published by Potomac Books in 2012.

His first book, Imagining an Austrian Nation: Joseph Samuel Bloch and the Search for a Multiethnic Austrian Identity, 1846–1919, was published by East European Monographs and distributed by Columbia University Press in 2003. He has published a number of academic articles in: The International Journal of Politics, Culture, and Society, Journal of Jewish Identities, Nationalities Papers, and East European Quarterly, among other publications. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Jewish Identities. His more public writing includes opinion pieces published in Newsday, the Daily News, the New Republic, In These Times, and Religion Dispatches, among others. He is a Contributing Writer at the political website Daily Kos.



  • B.A. in History from Brown University
  • Ph.D. in History from Georgetown University