Professional Appointments
Professor of History, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, 1986-
Co-Director, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York, l986-
Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst (with a practice) and Senior Faculty Member, Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology, New York City, 1986-

Professor of History, Sangamon State University, Springfield, Illinois, l983-l986 (Assistant Professor, l972-l976; Associate Professor, l976-l983)
Visiting Professor of Psychiatry, Rush Medical School, Chicago, Illinois, l978-l986
Senior Research Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Illinois, l979-l985

Academic Training
Research Candidate, Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, l97l-l980; clinical graduate, Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology, 1992.
The University of Chicago, M.A. and Ph.D., l966-l97l
Department of History Dissertation title: "A Psychological Study of Edward Dembowski"
Harvard University, B.A., l963-l966

Administration, Grants, Special Projects
Co-Director, Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, The City University of New York. As Co-Director I have shared responsibility for organizing faculty seminars and working conferences each year, as well as frequent "conversations" with visiting scholars; editing "Occasional Papers" and other Center publications; directing ongoing research projects; and fundraising. 1986-Present. Also co-principal investigator of 3-year MacArthur Foundation grant ($402,430), 1988-91.

Board of Directors: Abraham Lincoln Association; National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis; Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative and Emergent Religions; "Debating the Twentieth Century," Rowman and Littlefield book series.

Executive Officer, l973-present, Group for the Use of Psychology in History, Affiliate Organization of the American Historical Association

Active in, and later President, Military Families Support Network/NYC, 1991-92 (peace group of military families during Gulf War)

Project Director, "Lincoln's Thought and the Present: A Program for Historic Site Interpretation," National Endowment for the Humanities, January l975- December l978. A $320,000 project to develop interpretive materials for the Lincoln sites in and near Springfield, Illinois.

Chair, History Program, Sangamon State University, l977-l980, l98l-l983, l984-l986.

Project Director, "An Inter-institutional Effort to Establish a Competency-Based Bachelor of Arts Degree in History." Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education, July l, l974-December l, l974.

Involved in special teaching project at McFarland Zone Center, funded by the Illinois Humanities Council, April-September, l977.

Initiated Docent Guide Training Program at the Lincoln/Herndon Law Offices, l976-l977.

Organized Restoration Project of the Lincoln Depot in Springfield, Illinois (including extensive fund-raising activities), l975-l979.

Awards and Research Fellowships

Vision Award, National Association for the Advancement for Psychoanalysis, 1997
Certificate of Honor, International Psychohistorical Association, 1996
Lincoln on Democracy (Harper Collins, 1990), edited by Mario Cuomo and Harold Holzer, that I helped conceive and contributed to, winner of Award of Achievement from the Lincoln Group of New York, the Barondess/Lincoln Award of the Civil War Round Table, and Award of Achievement from the Abraham Lincoln Association
Co-Principal Investigator, "Nuclear Threat and the American Self," $403,000 MacArthur Foundation Grant, 1988-1991
1987 Distinguished Merit Award, from the Illinois State Historical Association
NEH Summer Seminar Fellowship, l983
Lincoln Library Writer of the Year Award, l98l
Foreign Area Fellowship Program, l969-l97l
NDEA Title IV Fellowship, University of Chicago, l966-l969
Harvard University, B.A., Magna cum laude, 1966

Media Projects
Frequent network tv and radio appearances on subjects ranging from apocalyptic violence to the Civil War.
Consultant and and on-screen commentator, national PBS documentary on Lincoln produced by Bill Jersey and Judith Leonard, 1992.
Consultant and on-screen commentator, "The Lincoln's, A Home and A Marriage," a one-hour documentary produced by J. Michael Lennon, Sangamon State University, 1988.
Consultant, "A House Divided," Exhibit developed by the Chicago Historical Society, 1988.
Produced and Co-directed, "Mr. Lincoln of Illinois," half-hour TV documentary (nominated for an Oscar), 1986.


Heinz Kohut and the Self: Psychoanalysis at the Millennium, on contract with Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

(Senior editor with Michael Flynn) The Year 2,000, Essays on the End, New York University Press, 1997. Contributed introduction and two essays: "God, Lincoln, and the Civil War" and "Apocalyptic Violence and the Politics of Waco."

(Senior editor with Michael Flynn) Genocide, War, and Human Survival, Rowman and Littlefield, 1996. Contributed introduction.

(Senior editor with Michael Flynn) Trauma and Self, Rowman and Littlefield, 1996. Contributed introduction.

Apocalypse: On The Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (Beacon Press, 1994).

(Edited with Daniel Offer), The Leader: Psychohistorical Studies (New York: Plenum Press, l986). Wrote more than half the book.

Editor and collaborator, with an Introduction: Heinz Kohut, Self Psychology and The Humanities: Reflections on a New Psychoanalytic Approach (New York: Norton Publishing Company, 1985).

Lincoln's Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings (New York, Basic Books, l982).

(Edited with Davis, Veach, Ward) The Public and Private Lincoln: Contemporary Perspectives (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, l979).

Conference Proceedings and Other Misc. Books
"Apocalyptic Violence," Proceedings of conference, December 12, 1995, published by the Center on Violence and Human Survival, 1996.

(with Judith Braun, Janet Coleman, Karen Malpede, and Michael Perlman) Peace Pieces: From the Gulf War. Published by the Center on Violence and Human Survival, 1991.

(with Robert Jay Lifton), ed. Proceedings of a conference, March, 1989, "Species Consciousness and the Species Self." Published by the Center on Violence and Human Survival, 1989.

(with Robert Jay Lifton), ed. Proceedings of a conference, May, 1989, "Post-Bomb America: Cultural Responses." Published by the Center on Violence and Human Survival, 1989.

(with Robert Jay Lifton), ed. Proceedings of a Conference, May 5, 1987, "Nuclear 'Normality': The Ethics of Annihilation." Published by the Center on Violence and Human Survival, 1988.

(with Rachel Koenig), ed. Days of Rememberance of the Victims of The Holocaust: A Department of Defense Guide for Commemorative Observance, Washington, Department of Defense, 1988 [revised edition, 1989].

Op-Ed pieces and letters to the editor for the New York Times, the Amsterdam News, and other publications.

The Psychohistory Review: Founding Editor, 1973-1985; Associate Editor, 1986-present (and Book Review Editor, 1994-)

Seven special issues published under my direction:
1. (With Robert Jay Lifton), "Historical Memory", Wellfleet, Vol. l4, No. 3 (Summer l985); 2. "Explorations in Psychobiography," Vol. 12, No. 2, (Winter, l983); 3. (With Robert Jay Lifton), "Biological Visions" Vol.12, Nos. 2-3 (Winter, l982); 4. "Studies in Leadership," Vol. VIII, No. 3 (Winter,l980); 5. "Non-Psychoanalytic Ventures In Psychohistory," Vol. VII, No. 2 (Fall, l978); 6. "Psychohistorical Study of the American Family," Vol. VI, Nos 2-3 (Fall-Winter, l977-l978); 7. "Erik H. Erikson," Vol. V, No. 3 (December, l976)

"On Shrinking Psychohistory," Essays by Michael Franz Basch, Travis L. Crosby, and David E. Stannard, edited by Charles B. Strozier, Annals of Scholarship: Matastudies of the Humanities and Social Sciences 11 (1981): 17-40. Reprinted in modified form from The Psychohistory Review 9 (1980): l36-161.

Editor, Special Issue on Psychohistory, Journal of Modern History, Vol. 47, No. l (June, l975)

Occasional Paper Series of the Center on Violence and Human Survival, of which I am General Editor: Robert Jay Lifton, "The New Psychology of Human Survival: Images of Doom and Hope," 1987; Charles B. Strozier, "Unconditional Surrender and the Rhetoric of Total War: From Truman to Lincoln," 1987; Bradley S. Klein, "Strategic Discourse And Its Alternatives," 1988; Richard A. Falk, "Religion and Politics: Verging on the Postmodern," 1988; Jack Jacobs, "On the Verge of Apocalypse: German Jewry, Social Democracy, and the Nazi Threat, 1928-1933," 1989; Robert W. Rieber and Robert J. Kelly, "Substance and Shadow: Emnification in the Cold War," 1990; Michael Perlman, "Air Wars, Greenhouses, and Hands of Prey," 1990; Nicholas Humphrey and Daniel C. Dennett, "Speaking for Our Selves," 1992; Samuel Heilman, "The Religious Battle for Israel."

Articles, Review Essays, and other Writings

1."Heinz Kohut's Struggles with Religion, Ethnicity, and God," Religion, Society, and Psychoanalysis ed. Donald Capps and Janet L. Jacobs (San Francisco, CA: Westview Press, 1997).

2."The Year 2,000, the Return of Jesus, and Other Things," Festschrift for Siegbert Axelsson, Uppsala University, Sweden, 1997.

3."Heinz Kohut and Psychohistory," The Psychohistory Review 25 (1996):1-18.

4."Lincoln and the Apocalyptic at Mid-Century," Abraham Lincoln Contemporary: An American Legacy, eds. Frank J. Williams and William O. Pederson (Campbell CA: Savas Woodbury Publishers, 1995).

5."The New Violence," The Journal of Psychohistory, Fall, 1995.

6. "Psychoanalysis at the Millennium," NAAP News 1995 (17):3.

7. "The Apocalyptic Imagination," Clio's Psyche 1:4 (1995).

8. "Lincoln, God, and the Civil War," Lincoln Memorial Association (CA) 1995 pamphlet.

9. "Benjamin Rush," The American Scholar 64 (1995): 415-421.

10."Suffer the Children," [review essay on fundamentalism and child abuse] The Psychohistory Review, 21 (1993):319-328.

11."Lincoln's Stanton," Quarterly Journal of Military History, forthcoming.

12. "The Apocalyptic in America," The Psychohistory Review 18 (1994):3-25.

13. "Endings as Beginnings," The Mirror, Newsletter of the Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology, 1 (1993): 6-7.

14. "The Lives of William H. Herndon," Journal of the Abraham Lincoln Association, 1993 (14):1-13.

15. (with Michael Flynn), "Lifton's Method," The Psychohistory Review 20 (1992).

16. "Proteanism and the Species Self," an interview with Robert Jay Lifton, The Psychohistory Review 20(1992) [an earlier version of this interview was published in Japanese in Illume, Vol. 3, No. 1 (1991)].

17. (with Robert Jay Lifton), "The Threat is Going, But Not the Terror," New York Newsday, Sunday, December 22, 1991.

18. "Christian Fundamentalism, Nuclear Threat, and the Middle East War," The End in Sight? Images of the End and Threats to Human Survival, Ed. Roger Williamson (Uppsala: Life and Peace Institute, 1993), pp. 49-58.

19. "Christian Fundamentalism, Endism, and Nuclear Threat," Conference Papers: Images of The End and Christian Theology, Life and Peace Institute, ed. Roger Williamson (Uppsala: Life and Peace Institute, 1990).

20. (with Robert Jay Lifton) "Waiting for Armageddon," New York Times Book Review Section, August 12, 1990.

21. "Athens on the Prairie," Illinois Issues, July, 1990.

22. "The King and I" [review essay on 4 recent books on Sigmund Freud and Anna Freud], The Psychohistory Review 1990 (18): 329-338.

23."Introduction, 1858" contribution to Lincoln on Democracy, edited by Mario Cuomo and Harold Holzer (New York: Harper/Collins, 1990).

24."On the Verge of Greatness: Psychological Reflections on Lincoln at the Lyceum." Civil War History: A Journal of the Middle Period (1990) 36:137-47.

25.(with Ayla Kohn), "The Paradoxical Image of Jews in the Minds of Christian Fundamentalists." First appeared in German as "Das zweitdeutige Bild des Juden in Bewusstsein christlicher Fundamentalisten," in Brennpunkte des gegenwartigen Antisemitismus, a book published by the Center for the Study of Antisemitism, Free University of Berlin. English language version available as a "Working Paper" of the Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, City University of New York. A revised version appeared in the Journal of Social Distress and the Homeless. Volume 1, Number 1, 1991.

26.(with Laura Simich), "Christian Fundamentalism and Nuclear Threat," publication by the Journal of the International Society for Political Psychology, 12 (1991), forthcoming.

27. "Christian Fundamentalism, Nazism, and the Millennium," The Psychohistory Review (1990) 18:207-217.

28. (with Stanley Cath), "Lincoln and the Fathers: Reflections on Idealization," Fathers and Their Families, Stanley Cath, Alan Gurwith, Linda Gunsberg, eds. (Hillsdale NJ: The Analytic Press, 1989).

29. "The Business of Business History," World, Winter, 1989-90.

30. "Marching to a Meltdown?" Toward Freedom (1989): 11.

31. (with Stanley H. Cath), "Lincoln and The Fathers: reflections on Idealization," Fathers and Their Families, ed. Stanley H. Cath, Alan Gurwitt, and Linda Gunsberg (New York: The Analytic Press, 1989).

32. "Lincoln, Turkeys, and Psychohistory," The Historian's Lincoln: Rebuttals. What the University press Would Not Print, ed. Garbor S. Boritt (Gettysburg: Gettysburg College, 1988), pp. 19-23.

33. "Lincoln's Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings: Summary with Revisions," Chapter 8, Lincoln -- 175: Where we are and Whither We Are Tending in Lincoln Scholarship, ed. Gabor S. Boritt (Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Press, 1988).

34. "The Psychology of Mary Todd Lincoln," The Psychohistory Review (1988) 17:1-15.

35. "The Marketing of Higher Education," World, Summer, 1988.

36. "The Soul of Wit: Kohut and The Psychology of Humor," The Psychohistory Review (1987) 16: 47-68.

37. "Unconditional Surrender and The Rhetoric of Total War: From Truman to Lincoln," Occasional Paper Number 2 of the Center on Violence and Human Survival, John Jay College, City University of New York, 1987; republished in Military History Quarterly (1990) 2:8-15.

38. "Autobiographical Reflections on The Psychohistory Review," The Psychohistory Review 15 (1986).

39. "Psychohistory, "Behavioral and Social Science Librarian, Vol. 5, No. l (Winter, l986).

40. "Glimpses of a Life: Heinz Kohut (19l3-1981)" Progress in Self Psychology, ed. Arnold Goldberg, Vol. 1 (New York: The Guilford Press, l985), pp. 3-l2.

41. (With Robert Jay Lifton, M.D.), "On Psychohistory," Psychology and Its Allied Disciplines Vol. 2: The Social Sciences (New York: Erlbaum, l984).

42. "Fantasy, Self Psychology and the Inner Logic of Cults, The Future of Psychoanalysis, ed. Arnold Goldberg (New York: International Universities Press, l983), pp. 477-493.

43. (With J. Michael Lennon), "Empathy and Detachment in the Narratives of Erikson and Mailer, "The Psychohistory Review, Vol. 10, No. l, (Fall, l981).

44. "The Search for Identity and Love in Young Lincoln," The Public and Private Lincoln , ed., Davis, Strozier, Veach and Ward (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, l979).

45. "Heinz Kohut and the Historical Imagination," The Psychohistory Review, Vol. VII, No. 2 (Fall, 1978). Reprinted in Arnold Goldberg, ed., Advances in Self Psychology (New York: International Universities Press, 1980), pp. 397-406.

46. "Psychopathology and Agrarian Politics: Edward Dembowski in Russian Poland, 1837-1843," in Psychopathology and Political Leadership, ed. Robert S. Robins (New Orleans: Tulane Studies in Political Science), 1977.

47. "Disciplined Subjectivity and the Psychohistorian: A Critical Look at the Work of Erik H. Erikson," The Psychohistory Review, Vol. V, No. 3 (December, 1976).

48. "The Historiography of Edward Dembowski in the Twentieth Century," East European Quarterly, Fall, 1976, Vol. 10, pp. 333-346.

49. "Lincoln and the Psychologists," Guest Editorial, Lincoln Herald, 79, No. 1 (Spring, 1977).

50. (With J. Michael Lennon), "Relishing Two Hundred Years in Illinois," Illinois Issues, Vol. 2, No. 1 (January, 1976), pp. 396-399.

51. "Springfield Uber Alles: Role Playing and the Teaching of History," GUPH Newsletter, Vol. IV, No. 2 (September, 1975). Reprinted in Simulation/ Gaming News, Vol. IV, No. 2 (March/April, 1977): pp. 13-14.

52. "A Rationale for Teaching Psychohistory," GUPH Newsletter, Vol. IV, No. 1 (June, 1975).

53. (With Christopher N. Breiseth), "Competency and Cooperation: A Pilot Program in History," Community College Frontiers, Vol. II, No. 3, (Spring, 1974).

Book Reviews