Faculty

Jeffrey Prager


Professor


Contact Information

Email    jprager@soc.ucla.edu
Office  257 Haines Hall
Phone  310-825-3743
My research concerns racism, trauma and memory. I examine the role of recognition and acknowledgment in post-conflict societies and the consequences when it does not occur. My work is comparative, focusing on South Africa and the US.

Special interest in past social traumas, and the relation between mechanisms of forgiveness and reparations to the creation of post-traumatic solidaristic communities.

Degrees

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

Awards

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

Selected Publications

Lost in Translation: Past and Present, Israel Now and the United States Then, A Response by the Author of Presenting the Past to Discussants in the ‘Did It Happen or Did it Not,’ Eshel, ed., forthcoming, in Hebrew

Disrupting the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma: Recovering Humanity, Repairing Generations, in Breaking Cycles of Repetition: A Global Dialogue on Historical Trauma and Memory, Gobodo-Madikizela, ed., Budrich Academic Press, forthcoming

Review, Enemies on the Couch, A Psychopolitical Journey through War and Peace by Vamik Volkan, The International Journal of Psychoanalysis 96(2015): 503-506

Danger and Deformation: A Social Theory of Trauma Part II: Disrupting the Intergenerational Transmission of Trauma, Recovering Humanity and Repairing Generations, American Imago 72 (2015): 133-155

Melancholia and the Racial Order : A Psychosocial Analysis, Chapter in The Unhappy Divorce between Sociology and Psychoanalysis, Chancer and Andrews (eds.) Palgrave Press, 2014

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.

Current Courses by Term

2017 Fall Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

2018 Winter Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Research Colloquia in Social Thought II

Development of Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

Teaching Apprentice Practicum

Previous Courses by Term

2017 Spring Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought II

2017 Winter Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

2016 Fall Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Development of Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

2016 Winter Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Research Colloquia in Social Thought II

Development of Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Special Topics in Sociology

2015 Fall Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

American Racism: Psychosocial Analysis

2015 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

2015 Winter Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

Special Topics in Sociology

2014 Fall Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2014 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

2014 Winter Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

Special Topics in Sociology

2013 Fall Quarter

Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2013 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

2013 Winter Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

Topics in Sociological Theorizing

2012 Fall Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Special Topics in Sociology

2012 Winter Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Research Colloquia in Social Thought II

2011 Fall Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

2011 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

2011 Winter Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Research Colloquia in Social Thought II

Development of Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

2010 Fall Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Social Thought and Origins of Sociology

2010 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

2010 Winter Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought II

Development of Sociological Theory

Special Topics in Sociology

2009 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

2008 Fall Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Special Topics in Sociology

2008 Spring Quarter

Contemporary Sociological Theory

2008 Winter Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

Topics in Sociological Theorizing

2007 Fall Quarter

Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

Special Topics in Sociology

2007 Winter Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Topics in Sociological Theorizing

2006 Fall Quarter

Social Thought and Origins of Sociology

2005 Spring Quarter

Selected Problems in Psychoanalytic Sociology

2005 Winter Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

Advanced Honors Seminars

Topics in Sociological Theorizing

2004 Fall Quarter

Social Thought and Origins of Sociology

2004 Spring Quarter

Special Topics in Sociology

2004 Winter Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

Special Courses: Simulating Society

Advanced Honors Seminars

Topics in Sociological Theorizing

2003 Fall Quarter

Social Thought and Origins of Sociology

2003 Spring Quarter
2003 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Thought

2002 Fall Quarter

History of Modern Thought

Development of Sociological Theory

2002 Spring Quarter
2002 Winter Quarter

History of Modern Thought

2001 Fall Quarter

History of Modern Thought

2001 Spring Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

2000 Fall Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

1999 Fall Quarter

Development of Sociological Theory

1999 Spring Quarter

Culture, Politics, and Society: History of Social Thought -- Special Topics

Previous Courses by Course

SOC THT 190B
Research Colloquia in Social Thought II

2017 Spring Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 189
Advanced Honors Seminars

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

SOC THT 190A
Research Colloquia in Social Thought I

2017 Winter Quarter

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Fall Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2012 Winter Quarter

2011 Fall Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 102
Contemporary Sociological Theory

2017 Winter Quarter

2015 Spring Quarter

2014 Spring Quarter

2013 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2009 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 101
Development of Sociological Theory

2016 Fall Quarter

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2013 Winter Quarter

2011 Winter Quarter

2010 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

2002 Fall Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2000 Fall Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 285A
Special Topics in Sociology

2016 Winter Quarter

2012 Fall Quarter

2008 Fall Quarter

2007 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 40
American Racism: Psychosocial Analysis

2015 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 285J
Special Topics in Sociology

2015 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 191V
Variable Topics Research Seminars: Sociology

2014 Fall Quarter

2013 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 285B
Special Topics in Sociology

2014 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 204
Topics in Sociological Theorizing

2013 Winter Quarter

2008 Winter Quarter

2007 Winter Quarter

2005 Winter Quarter

2004 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 10
Social Thought and Origins of Sociology

2010 Fall Quarter

2006 Fall Quarter

2004 Fall Quarter

2003 Fall Quarter

SOCIOL 285C
Special Topics in Sociology

2010 Winter Quarter

SOCIOL 268
Selected Problems in Psychoanalytic Sociology

2005 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 285D
Special Topics in Sociology

2004 Spring Quarter

SOCIOL 188
Special Courses: Simulating Society

2004 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 21CW
History of Modern Thought: Special Topics
GE CLST 21B
History of Modern Thought

2003 Winter Quarter

2002 Winter Quarter

GE CLST 21A
History of Modern Thought

2002 Fall Quarter

2001 Fall Quarter

GE CLST 21C
History of Modern Thought: Special Topics
GE CLST 21C
Culture, Politics, and Society: History of Social Thought -- Special Topics

1999 Spring Quarter