Charles B. Strozier, PhD



  • Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude) - Harvard (1966); M.A. (1967) and PhD (1971), University of Chicago
  • Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis, 1973-81
  • Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology, 1986-1992, Clinical Graduate

Positions & Appointments:

  • Training and Supervising Psychoanalyst, Training and Research Institute in Self Psychology (TRISP), New York City, since 1997
  • Professor, John Jay College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York (Since 1986) 
  • Practicing Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist in New York City (Since 1992)
  • Visiting Senior Fellow, The Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, Oxford University

Awards, Recognition & Research Fellowships:

  • Pulitzer Prize Nominations (2001 & 2011)
  • Finalist, Lincoln Prize (2017)
  • Goethe Award from the Section on Psychoanalysis of the Canadian Psychological Association (2005)
  • Writer of the Year Award from the Lincoln Library (1982)
  • Gradiva Award for the Best Biography in Psychoanalysis in 2001 (Awarded in 2002)
  • Vision Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (1997)

Memberships & Associations:

  • National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis
  • Honorary Member of the American Psychoanalytic Association (2006)


The Miracle of Peace: Northern Ireland, John, Lord Alderdice, and the End of the Troubles
(in progress)

Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln: The Enduring Friendship of Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed
(Columbia University Press, 2016)

Until the Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses 
(Columbia University Press, 2011)

The Psychology of Leadership (author and co-editor)
(Springer, 2011)

The PKK: Financial Sources, Social and Political Dimensions (co-editor)
Berlin: VDM Verlag, 2011

The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History (author and co-editor)
(Oxford University Press, 2010)

Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst
(Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001)

Lincoln's Quest for Union: A Psychological Portrait 
(Basic Books, 1982; revised edition, Paul Dry Books, 2001)

The Year 2000: Essays on the End (co-editor)
(New York University Press, 1997)

Genocide, War, and Human Survival" and "Trauma and Self (co-editor)
(Roman and Littlefield, 1996)

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

Self Psychology and The Humanities: Reflections on a New Psychoanalytic Approach (Editor and Collaborator with Heinz Kohut)
(Norton, 1985)

The Public and Private Lincoln: Contemporary Perspectives (co-editor)
Southern Illinois University Press, 1979)


The Psychohistory Review 
Founding Editor, 1973-1986; Associate Editor, 1986-1998.

Recent Articles, Review Essays, and Other Writings: 

“Violent Extremism in Northern Ireland During the Troubles,” This View of Life, forthcoming.
(with James William Anderson), “A Dialogue on the Psychology of Lincoln,” Clio’s Psyche, 
               Winter, 2019, Volume 26, Number 2.
“Heinz Kohut Nearly Missed the Concentration Camp,” October 24, 2018, Newsletter of the 
“Are Hate Crimes Terrorism?” November 1, 2018, The Crime Report, The Center on Media and 
               Justice, John Jay College  

Lead author with David Strug, Konstantine Pinteris & Kathleen Kelley, “Sexualization in the

Work of Heinz Kohut,” Psychoanalysis, Self and Context, (2018), 13:2, 171-185,

“Those Who Live By the Sword,” Contemporary Psychoanalysis, October, 2017.
“A Journey in Psychohistory,” Clio’s Psyche, forthcoming.
(with Deborah Mart), “The Politics of Constructed Humiliation: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on 
               War, Terrorism, and Genocide,” Research in Psychoanalysis, Vol. 1, Number 23, 2017.
Lecture on my book, Your Friend Forever, A. Lincoln, to the Abraham Lincoln Society of 
               Washington, D.C., April 18, 2017, videotaped by C-Span3 and broadcast on Sunday, 
May 21, 2017. Now available in their library at      
“The Apocalyptic Imagination and the Fundamentalist Mindset,” New England Journal of Public
               Policy, Volume 29, Issue 1 (2017).
(with Kelly Berkell), Climate Change and Political Violence, Report of the Center on Terrorism, 
               John Jay College, CUNY, March, 2017.
“Did Abraham Lincoln’s Bromance Alter the Course of American History?” The Conversation, 
               February 16, 2017 (republished by Newsweek, The Smithsonian, and Slate).
“The Apocalyptic Imagination, Paranoia, History, and Violence,” Torch, the Oxford Research
               Centre in the Humanities, University of Oxford, December 6, 2016.
“The Apocalyptic Imagination” published on the website of Centre for the Resolution of 
               Intractable Conflict,” Harris-Manchester College, Oxford University, 2016.
Blog posts in August 2016 on Psychology Today: “The New World of Male Friendship”; 
               “Interview about ‘Your Friend Forever’”; and “All the Presidents’ Men.”
(lead author with David Strug, Konstantine Pinteris, and Kathleen Kelley, “Heinz Kohut’s 
               Theory of Aggression and Rage,” Psychoanalytic Psychology, online, September, 
               2016, in print 2017, Vol. 34, No. 3, pp. 361-367.
Interview, Psychohistory Newsletter, Fall 2016, Vol. 35, Issue No. 4
(lead author with Kelly Berkell) “The Curious Politics of Global Warming and Nuclear Power,” 
               Huffington Post, November 30, 2015 

(lead author with Kelly Berkell), “Climate Change and Political Violence:

            Trauma and the Dilemmas of the Survivor,” Diplomatie, December 11, 2015.


“Where You Lived Mattered: 9/11 in Historical Memory,” History News Network, September

            15, 2014.


(lead author with Scott Knowles), “How to Honor the Dead We Cannot Name?” Slate, May 14,



(lead author with Kelly Berkell), “How Climate Change Helped ISIS,” Huffington Post

            (September 29, 2014)


(lead author with Berkell), “Climate Change on the Nuclear Subcontinent,” Huffington Post

            (October 20, 2014)


(lead author with David Strug, Konstantine Pinteris, and Kathleen Kelley), “On Dreams,”

International Journal of Psychoanalytic Self Psychology, Vol. 8, Number 3, 2014.


“Where You Lived Mattered: 9/11 in Historical Memory,” History News Network, September

            15, 2014


(lead author with Scott Knowles), “How Should the Sept. 11 Memorial Museum Honor the

Dead?”, Slate, May 14, 2014.


“Obama’s Dreams: On Autobiography and Identity,” Clio’s Psyche, Psychohistory for the

Twenty-First Century: The Best of the Journal, 2013.


“Robert Stolorow’s Myth of Originality,” February, 2012 (distributed on internet).


(lead author with Katharine Boyd), “The Psychology of Apocalypticism,” in The Apocalyptic

            Complex—Origins, Histories, Permanencies, eds. Nadia Al-Bagdadi, David Marno, and

            Matthias Riedl (Budapest, Hungary: CEU Press, 2011).


Commentary on three articles in the special issue of International Journal of Group

Psychotherapy, on “The Treatment of Political Prisoners and Trauma Victims: 

Individual and Societal Implications,” fall, 2011.

“Die fundamentalistische Denkweise. Psychologische Uberlegungen zu Gewalt und Religion,” in 
               Religion und Fanatismus: Psychoanalytische und theologische Zugange (Gottingen: 
               Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2010)
“Heinz Kohut and the Erotic Transference,” NAAP Newsletter, 2009.
“The Forever War on Terror,” World Policy Journal, Winter, 2008.

“The Apocalyptic Other: On Fundamentalism and Violence,” Nova Religio Volume 11, Number 1 (August, 2007); republished in modified form in "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion": 100 Years after the Forgery, Steven T. Katz, Editor, NY: New York University Press.