Understanding the Past, Shaping the Future

Who We Are

We are academics, clinicians, and other  practitioners from diverse disciplines who seek to understand how history and public affairs shape and are shaped by individual and group psychology.  The IPA is open to all who wish to study, teach, and conduct research in psychohistory.


Co-sponsored by the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and the New York University Silver School of Social Work

Theme: The Intersection of Psychology and History
Sub-Theme: The Contributions of Michael Eigen to Human Understanding 

The International Psychohistorical Association is currently accepting registrations for its 42nd Annual Conference to be held May 22-24, 2019 at New York University. Register here

Continuing Education Units will be offered for NYS Licensed Social Workers, Psychoanalysts, Mental Health Counselors, and Marriage And Family Therapists.    

If you have questions about the conference or any other matter contact Ken Fuchsman at [email protected]

More information about the featured speakers of IPA 2019:

Michael Eigen, is a psychoanalyst and Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology (Adjunct) in the Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis at New York University. His first book was published when he was 50 years old in 1986.  Since then he has authored over 25 books including Toxic Nourishment, The Psychotic Core, The Psychoanalytic Mystic, The Sensitive Self, Feeling Matters, Faith, and Flames from the Unconscious. He directed an institute program for working with creative individuals at the Center for Psychoanalytic Training and was the first Director of Educational Training at the Institute for Expressive Analysis. He was on the Board of Directors at the National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis for eight years, first as Program Chair, then editor of The Psychoanalytic Review.

Susan Kavaler Adler is founder and Director of the Object Relations Institute for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.   She is in private practice as a psychologist and psychoanalysts in New York City. She has published more than 60 peer reviewed articles and five psychoanalytic books, including The Klein-Winnicott Dialectic: Transformative New Metapsychology and Interactive Clinical Theory, Compulsion to Create: Women Writers and Their Demon Lovers, The Creative Mystiques: From  Red Shoes Frenzy to Love and Creativity, Mourning Spirituality and Psychic Change, and The Anatomy of Regret.

Nancy Chodorow is a sociologist and psychoanalyst who taught for years at the University of California and is now at Harvard.  Her 1978 landmark book, The Reproduction of Mothering: Psychoanalysis and the Sociology of Gender was chosen by Contemporary Sociology as one of the ten most influential books of the last quarter century.  Some of her other books also address psychoanalysis and feminism, including Individualizing Gender and Sexuality: Theory and Practice, Feminism and Psychoanalytic Theory, The Power f Feelings: Personal Meaning in Psychoanalysis, Gender and Culture, and Femininities, Masculinities, Sexualities: Freud and Beyond. 

Michael A. Diamond is Professor Emeritus of Public Affairs and Organizational Studies at the University of Missouri.  His 1993 volume The Unconscious Life of Organizations was awarded a special prize by the American Psychological Association. He has also written Private Selves in Public Organizations and most recently Discovering Organizational Identity. He is past President, International Society for the Psychoanalytic Study of Organizations.

David Greenberg is Professor of History and Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University.  His 2016 Republic of Spin: An Inside History of the American Presidency examines the rise of the White House spin machine, from the Progressive Era to the present day, and the debates that Americans have waged over its implications for democracy. His first book, Nixon’s Shadow: The History of an Image won the Washington Monthly Annual Political Book Award, the American Journalism History Award, and Columbia University’s Bancroft Dissertation Award. Calvin Coolidge was published in December 2006 and appeared on the Washington Post’s list of best books of 2007. Presidential Doodles (Basic Books, 2006) was widely reviewed and featured on CNN, NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and CBS’s “Sunday Morning.”

Kirk Anthony James is a Clinical Assistant Professor at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. He earned his doctorate from the School of Social Policy and Practice at The University of Pennsylvania. His dissertation, “The Invisible Epidemic in Social Work Academia,” examined the complex phenomena of mass incarceration through a historical and contemporary lens. He focuses on deconstructing issues of mass incarceration –– specifically as it pertains to trauma, cognitive development, culpability, and the examination of systems that foster and perpetuate racial injustice.  He works collaboratively with the Center For Justice at Columbia University on its annual “Beyond The Bars” conference –– which seeks to create a more informed understanding, and subsequent response to mass incarceration.

                                    LINKS TO ANALYSES OF CURRENT EVENTS                                       AND OTHER ARTICLES FROM PSYCHOHISTORY NEWS


Winter 2018

Report on a book party for The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump, by Ken Fuchsman

Dignity, Humiliation, and Social Transformation, by Brian D'Agostino

The Role of Affects, Part II: Reflections From Theory and Experience, by Dorothea Leicher

Call for Proposals for IPA 2018 Conference, May 30 - June 1, NYU

Psychohistory Bulletin Board

Fall 2017

On Charlottesville--White Supremacist Riot as Psychohistorical Condensation, by Howard Stein

Mourning a Legacy of Racial Violence: Narrative and Intergenerational Trauma, by Molly Castelloe

Affects, Industrial Society, and Human Ecology, by Dorothea Leicher

Summer 2017

IPA at 40: Conference Report, by Ken Fuchsman

Janice Gump on the Continuing Effects of Slavery, by Gilda Graff

David Beisel: Psychohistorian Extraordinaire, by Paul H. Elovitz and Peter Petschaeur

Psychohistory Bulletin Board

Spring 2017

Trevor Pederson on The Economics of Libido, interview by Ken Fuchsman

Attachment Theory and Early Shared Reading Experiences, by Andrea Greer

Remembering George W. Brown, by Paul Elovitz

Winter 2017

Finding and Being Found: Thoughts on the Evolution of Howard Stein's book Light and Shadow

One's Life Through the Looking Glass of Neuropsychiatric Disorder, by Dolores Brandon

Peter Petschauer's New Novel on Women in 18th Century Germany: An Interview

Fall 2016

Psychohistorian Interviews with Charles B. Strozier and Eli Zaretsky

Affect, Art, and Personal History, by Dorothea Leicher

J.A.S.P.E.R. by Burton Seitler and Grace Jackson

Summer 2016

Wounded Centuries, by Ken Fuchsman

On Race in Trinidad and Tobago, by Keisha V. Thompson

Art by Sandra Indig

Reconstruction of Reality, by Ted L. Cox

Spring 2016

A House Divided: The Republicans in 2016, by Ken Fuchsman

President's Report: The IPA Two Years Later, by Brian D'Agostino

Art by Sandra Indig

Bringing Psychohistory to One of France's Biggest Eco-Fairs, by Marc-Andre Cotton

Winter 2016

Understanding the Republican Group Fantasy, by Brian D'Agostino

In the Wake of Terrorist Attacks, by Marc-André Cotton

Fathering a Nation, he Sacrificed his Sons, by Souvik Raychaudhuri

Fall 2015

Behind the Crisis in Syria, by Brian D'Agostino

Mass Incarceration: Legacy of Racial Caste in America, by Gilda Graff

Mass Shootings and the Crisis of American Masculinity, by Harriet Fraad

Summer 2015

Hiroshima, Iran, and the Future of Nuclear Weapons, by Brian D'Agostino

White Genocide Fantasy and the Myth of the "Lone Wolf," by Denis O'Keefe

Mind's Wisdom: Neuroplasticity and Neurointegration as Tools for Post-traumatic Growth, by Inna Rozentsvit

Reflections on the Greek Bailout: The Agony of Greece, by Marc-Andre Cotton

Spring 2015

The Paris and Copenhagen Mass Shootings, by Marc-Andre Cotton, p. 1

Is Psychohistory a Science? (Clio's Psyche Internet dialogue), p. 1

A Clash of Barbarisms (Editorial on Islamic State), p. 2

Modi's India: Authoritarianism or Democracy, by Souvik Raychaudhuri, p. 8

Winter 2015

The Politics of Memory, book by Faye Snyder, review by Valerie Rose Brinton, p. 1

How Much Does Child Rearing Really Impact History? (Clio's Psyche internet dialogue), p. 1

French Psychotherapists Fight Back, by Marc-Andre Cotton, p.3

Behind the CIA Torture Report: Sadism, Power, & Behavior Modification, by Brian D'Agostino, p. 8

Fall 2014

From Islamic State to Kiev: Apocalyptic Fantasy and American Power, by Brian D’Agostino, p. 1

The Disheartening Life of Ferguson's Michael Brown, by Gilda Graff,p. 1

In the Name of the Father: the Bush Years and the Legacy of Childrearing Violence, by Marc-André Cotton, p. 2

Exploding the Anti-Immigrant Group Fantasy, Ariel Goldberger Blau, p. 8

Summer 2014

Changing the World: Teaching Parenting in Schools, Margaret Kind, p. 1

Life Affirming Strategies in the Maintenance of Existential Anxiety, Kristina Blake, p. 1

Spring 2014

A Courageous Jew For Our Time, by Norman Simms, p. 8

2014 IPA Convention Highlights, p. 1

Winter 2014

Changing the World: The Emotional Imprint Program, by Alice Maher, p. 1

Review of Goelitz and Stewart-Kahn's From Trauma to Healing, by Maria Mini, p. 5

Dialogue on Violence: Reply to Florian Galler, by Brian D'Agostino, p. 8

Fall 2013

Restoring the Mind of Black America (review essay), by Gilda Graff, p. 1

2013 IPA Convention Highlights, p. 1

We are the Monsters! Critical Review of the IPA Statement on Violence, by Florian Galler, p. 8

Winter 2013

How to End Violence in America, Statement of the International Psychohistorical Association, p. 12

Mass Killing: Why Are American Men Now “Going Postal?” by Harriet Fraad p. 1

On America’s Gun Culture, by Charles Strozier, p. 4

Why Do They Support Torture? (podcast)