Charles Strozier

Charles Strozier

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PhD University of Chicago
MA University of Chicago
BA Harvard University


Charles B. Strozier has a Harvard B.A., an M.A. and a PhD from the University of Chicago, and has training as a research candidate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and clinical psychoanalytic training at TRISP in New York City.  He is a Professor of History and the founding Director of the Center on Terrorism, John Jay College, City University of New York, and a practicing psychoanalyst in New York City.  Strozier’s most recent book, from Columbia University Press in August of 2011, nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, is Until The Fires Stopped Burning: 9/11 and New York City in the Words and Experiences of Survivors and Witnesses.  In 2011 he also published two other edited volumes, The Psychology of Leadership (with Offer and Abdyli, Springer) and The PKK: Financial, Social and Political Connections (VDM Verlag).  In 2011 he published, along with Terman, Jones, and Boyd, The Fundamentalist Mindset: Psychological Perspectives on Religion, Violence, and History (Oxford, 2010).  His earlier books include a prize-winning psychological study of Abraham Lincoln (Lincoln’s Quest for Union:  A Psychological Portrait, Basic Books, 1982, revised edition in paper from Paul Dry Books, 2001, and Heinz Kohut:  The Making of a Psychoanalyst (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2001), which won the Gradiva Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, the Goethe Prize from the Canadian Psychoanalytic Association, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.  He is also the author of Apocalypse:  On the Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (Beacon Press, 1994, new edition 2002) and has edited, with Michael Flynn, Trauma and Self (1996), Genocide, War, and Human Survival (1996), and The Year 2000 (1997).  Strozier was the founding editor (until 1986) of The Psychohistory Review and has published scores of articles and book chapters on aspects of history and psychoanalysis.


Heinz Kohut: The Making of a Psychoanalyst (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, April, 2001, paperback from Other Press in the spring of 2004)
Lincoln’s Quest for Union: A Psychological Portrait, revised edition (Paul Dry Books, February, 2001; first published as Lincoln’s Quest for Union: Public and Private Meanings, Basic Books, 1982)
The Year 2,000: Essays on the End, senior editor with Michael Flynn, including my Introduction and two essays (New York University Press, July, 1997)
Genocide, War, and Human Survival and Trauma and Self, companion volumes of which I am senior editor with Michael Flynn (Rowman and Littlefield, 1996)
Apocalypse: On The Psychology of Fundamentalism in America (Beacon Press, 1994);
Editor and collaborator: Heinz Kohut, Self Psychology and The Humanities: Reflections on a New Psychoanalytic Approach (New York: Norton Publishing Company, 1985)
(With Daniel Offer), co-editor and author of several chapters, The Leader: Psychohistorical Studies (New York: Plenum Press, l984)
(with Davis, Veach, Ward) The Public and Private Lincoln: Contemporary Perspectives
The Psychohistory Review: Founding Editor, 1973-1985; Associate and Book Review Editor, 1986-1998 (when the journal folded).
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)
(Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, l979)


Awards and Research Fellowships
Honorary Member, The American Psychoanalytic Association (2006); Pulitzer Prize nomination, 2001, Gradiva Award in 2002 for the best biography in psychoanalysis in 2001, National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis; 2005 the Goethe Award from the Section on Psychoanalysis of the Canadian Psychological Association; Diplomate, American Psychotherapy Association, 1999; Vision Award, the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, 1997; Certificate of Honor, International Psychohistorical Association, 1996; Lincoln on Democracy (HarperCollins, 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," MacArthur Foundation, 1988-1991; Distinguished Merit Award, from the Illinois State Historical Association, 1987; nomination for an Oscar for Lincoln documentary that I produced, co-directed, and appeared in, “Mr. Lincoln of Illinois,” 1986; Writer of the Year award, Lincoln Library, 1982; Director of “Lincoln’s Thought and the Present,” National Endowment for the Humanities, 1976-79; Harvard B.A. magna cum laude, 1966.


American history with special interests in the history of violence and the new terrorism, psychohistory, and Lincoln and the Civil War.