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Ph. D., University of California, Berkeley (Sociology) Ph.D., Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute (Psychoanalysis)

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UCLA Department of Sociology
264 Haines Hall, Box 951551
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1551


Theory/Psychoanalysis, Race/Ethnic/Minority Relations, Cultural Sociology

Research Interests

My current research concerns the problem of the past, and memories of the past, to contemporary self-constitution. Special interest in past social traumas, and the relation between mechanisms of forgiveness and reparations to the creation of post-traumatic solidaristic communities.

Selected Publications

Prager, Jeffrey. "Mourning Becomes Eclectic: Racial Melancholia in an Age of Reconciliation." Forthcoming.

Prager, Jeffrey. 2011. "Danger and Deformation: A Social Theory of Trauma." American Imago. Vol:68(3): 425-448.

Prager, Jeffrey. 2009. "Melancholic Identity: Post-traumatic Loss, Memory and Identity Formation." Identity in Question, edited by Anthony Elliot and Paul du Gay. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Pp. 139-157

Prager, Jeffrey. 2008. “Healing from History, Psychoanalytic Considerations on Traumatic Pasts and Social Repair.”  European Journal of Social Theory, Vol. 11: 405-420

Prager, Jeffrey. 2006. “Beneath the Surface of the Self: Psychoanalysis and the Unseen Known.” American Journal of Sociology, Vol. 112: 276-290. 

Prager, Jeffrey. 2006. “Jump-Starting Timeliness: Trauma, Temporality and the Redressive Community,” Time and Memory: The Study of Time XII, edited by Jo Parker, Michael Crawford and Paul Harris. Amsterdam, Netherlands: Koninklijke Brill. Pp. 229-245.

Prager, Jeffrey. 2005. “Psychoanalysis and Social Theory.” The Encyclopedia of Social Theory, edited by George Ritzer. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications. Vol. 2: 607-612.

Prager, Jeffrey. 2003. “Lost Childhood, Lost Generations: The Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma.” Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 2: 173-181. 

Prager, Jeffrey. 2001. “The Psychology of Collective Memory.”  The International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, edited by Neil Smelser and Paul Bates. Oxford: Pergamon. Pp. 2223-2227.

Prager, Jeffrey. 1998. Presenting the Past: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Misremembering. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 

Prager, Jeffrey, and Michael Rustin, eds. 1993. Psychoanalytic Sociology, Volumes I & II. London, England: Edward Elgar Publishing.


Invited Participant, University of California Humanities Research Institute 2003 Faculty Seminar, "Redress in Social Thought, Law, and Literature" 

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship 

Visiting Member, School of Social Science, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton 

Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA