Daniel Levy received his PhD from Columbia University. He is Associate Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, NY, US. As a political sociologist he is interested in issues of globalization, collective memory studies and comparative-historical sociology. He has been exploring the global diffusion of rights norms and their impact on questions of nation-state legitimacy. The result of this research is a monograph entitled “Human Rights and Memory” (co-authored with Natan Sznaider, Penn State University Press, 2010). He is also co-editor of “The Collective Memory Reader” (with Jeffrey Olick and Vered Vinitzky-Seroussi, Oxford University Press, 2011). From 2006 to 2011 he has served as an editor for the Rose Series, a joint publication from the American Sociological Association and the Russell Sage Foundation. He is co-organizer of an interdisciplinary Initiative for the Historical Social Sciences. In 2009 he co-founded the Columbia University Seminar on ‘History, Redress and Reconciliation’, which he is co-chairing with Elazar Barkan. His interest in memory studies is also reflected in the Memory Studies Bank, which serves as a virtual bibliographic repository for the field of memory studies.