Faculty Publications

Thomas Ehrlich Reifer

The Torturer in the Mirror


How does torture in the military reflect on America itself? This slim volume, titled The Torturer in the Mirror, is made up of a chapter each by former Attorney General Ramsey Clark, Iraqi dissident Haifa Zangana and USD Sociology Professor Thomas Ehrlich Reifer. The book explores torture’s effect on its victims and the consequences for those perpetrating it. Reifer’s section doesn’t pull any punches: “It remains to be seen,” he says of the Obama administration, “whether we will have a Department of Justice or an Obstruction of Justice Department.”


Thomas Reifer, PhD, serves on the Gender Studies Advisory Committee and is an Associate Fellow at the Transnational Institute, a worldwide fellowship of committed scholar-activists; formerly worked at Focus on the Global South in Asia and was Associate Director of the Institute for Research on World-Systems (IROWS) and the Program on Global Studies at UC Riverside. He is also currently a Research Associate at the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems & Civilizations at Binghamton University - where he received his MA & PhD - and IROWS. His specialty is the study of large-scale, long-term social change and world-systems analysis.