Katie Gentile

Katie Gentile

Katie Gentile
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 -           Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy -Postdoctoral, Certificate Psychoanalysis

       -     New York University, School of Education -Doctorate of Philosophy, Counseling Psychology

       -     New York University, School of Education -Master of Arts, Counselor Education

       -     University of Michigan - Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


Katie Gentile, Ph.D. is Professor of Gender Studies and Chair of Interdisciplinary Studies. She is the author of Creating bodies: Eating disorders as self-destructive survival and the Gradiva Award winning The Business of being made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies in psychoanalysis and culture, both from Routledge. She the editor of the Routledge book series Genders and Sexualities in Minds and Cultures, editor of the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality and on the editorial board of Women’s Studies Quarterly. As a licensed psychologist she is on the faculty of New York University’s Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis and in private practice in New York City.  


My books:  https://www.routledge.com/products/search?author=Katie%20Gentile  

Public Seminar blog posts: http://www.publicseminar.org/?s=katie+gentile

the journal I edit:: http://www.psychoanalysisarena.com/studies-in-gender-and-sexuality-1524-...


Course Taught


GEN 101 Introduction to Gender Studies

GEN 205 Gender and Justice

GEN 401 Capstone in Gender Studies

ISP 334 Sex, Gender & Justice - Animals and the "Other"

Scholarly Work


Gentile, K. (2007).Creating bodies: Eating disorders as self-destructive survival. NY: Routledge.

Gentile, K. (ed.) The business of being made: The temporalities of reproductive technologies in psychoanalysis and culture. New York: Routledge. January 2016.


Public Seminar Blog – Give a woman an inch, she’ll take a penis: Backlash and the fragility of privilege. http://www.publicseminar.org/2018/01/give-a-woman-an-inch-shell-take-a-penis/

Republished in Division Review: A Quarterly Psychoanalytic Forum, 1 (1). January 2018.


Public Seminar Blog – Patriarchy alive and well: CDC releases new guidelines for alcohol & pregnancy. http://www.publicseminar.org/2016/02/patriarchy-alive-and-well-cdc-releases-new-guidelines-for-alcohol-pregnancy/#.VsIk2ZMrLo0

Public Seminar Blog – Affirmative consent and neoliberal bodies - http://www.publicseminar.org/2015/09/affirmative-consent-and-neoliberal-bodies/#.Vj4yw66rRdv

Public Seminar Blog – Gagging the victims – Accusation as the real crime in campus sexual assault


Reposted Dec. 1, Arts & Opinion: Arts, Culture, Analysis, Vol. 16 no. 6, 2017. http://www.artsandopinion.com/2017_v16_n5/


Gentile, K. ‘Dying for a baby’ and other ‘confusions of tongues’” Discussing Rebecca Harrington’s “Childless.” Psychoanalytic Dialogues.  In press.

Gentile, K. (2018). Assembling justice: Reviving nonhuman subjectivities to address institutional betrayal around sexual misconduct. Journal the American Psychoanalytic Association, 66 (4): 647-678.

Gentile, K. (2018). Give her an inch, she’ll take a penis. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 19 (4): 241-245.

Gentile, K. (2018). From the “Ontology of the rape joke” to #metoo – “witch hunts” and reckonings. 19 (4): 233-234.

Gentile, K. (2018). Animals as the symptom, or, Psychoanalysis as a theory of interspecies co-emergence. Studies in Gender and Sexuality19 (1): 7-13.

Gentile, K. & Baraitser, L. (2018). Thinking through affect and psychoanalysis: Introducing papers from the conference “Woldings, tensions, futures.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality19 (2): 87-88.

Gentile, K. (2017). Playing with shame – The temporal work of rape jokes for the cultural body. Panel  discussion of Vanessa Place’s performance “The Ontology of the Rape Joke.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality18 (4):287-293.

Gentile, K.  (2015). Generating subjectivity through the creation of time. Psychoanalytic Psychology.

Gentile, K. (2015). Temporality in question: Psychoanalysis meets queer time. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 15: 1.

Gentile, K. (2015). About being in time: Response to commentaries by Carolyn Dinshaw, Bill Auerbach, and Ann Pelligrini. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 15: 1.

Gentile, K. (2014).  Exploring the troubling temporalities produced by fetal personhood. Psychoanalysis, Culture & Society, 19 (3): 1-18.

Gentile, K. (2013). The business of being made: Exploring the production of temporalities in assisted reproductive technologies. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Special Issue on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, 14 (4): 255-276.

Gentile, K. (2013). Biopolitics, trauma and the public fetus: An analysis of preconception care. Subjectivity, 6: (2): 153-172.

Gentile, K. (2013). Bearing the cultural in order to engage in a process of witnessing. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 30 (3): 456-470.

Gentile, K. (2011). What about the baby? Baby-philia and the neo cult of domesticity. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 12(1), 38-58.

Gentile, K. (2011). What about the patriarchy?: Response to commentaries by Zeavin and Layton. Studies in Gender and Sexuality.12(1): 72-77.

Gentile, K. (2010). Is the old psychoanalytic story part of the problem? Invited response to Keylor and Apfel’s “Male infertility: Integrating an old psychoanalytic story with the research literature.” Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 11 (2): 78-85.


Gentile, K., Raghavan, C., Rajah, V., Gates, K. (2007). It doesn’t happen here?: Eating disorders in an ethnically diverse sample of low-income, female and male, urban college students. Eating Disorders: The Journal of Treatment and Prevention.15(5): 405-425.

Gentile, K. (2006). Timing development from cleavage to differentiation, Contemporary Psychoanalysis,42(2), 297-325.


Gentile, K. (2017). Collectively creating conditions for emergence. In S. Grand & J. Salzberg (eds.) Wounds of history: Repair and resilience in the trans-generational transmission of trauma, pp. 169-188 New York: Routledge.

Gentile, K. (2017). Chasing Justice: Bystander intervention and restorative justice in the contexts of college campuses and psychoanalytic institutes.  In K. Davisson and E. Toronto, eds. A womb of her own. Section III of Division 39. Karnac Books.

Harris, A. and Gentile, K. Boundary violations and alternative models of justice.  In Montagna, P.K. (ed.). Psychoanalysis and the Law. New York: Routledge. In process.

Gentile, K. When the cat guards the canary – A new look at sexual boundary violations in psychoanalysis. Charles Levin, ed. Boundary Trouble: The Ethics of Psychoanalytic Intimacy in Relational Perspective, New York: Routledge. In press.

Gentile, K. Collectively creating conditions for emergence. In S. Grand & J. Salzberg (eds.) Wounds of history: Transgenerational trauma.  New York: Routledge. In press.

Gentile, K. (2013). You don’t recognize me because I’m still standing: Exploring the impact of participating in action research with women survivors of domestic violence. In Raghavan C. & Cohen, S.J. (Eds.), Domestic Violence: Quantitative and Qualitative Analysis in Dialogue, pp. 171-199. Northeastern Series on Gender, Crime, and Law, Northeastern University Press.

Gentile, K. (2014). What about the baby?: Baby-philia and the neo cult of domesticity.  In M. Sheehy (ed.) Women, mothers, subjects: New explorations of the maternal. New York/London: Routledge.

Gentile, K. (2014). What about the patriarchy?: Response to commentaries by Zeavin and Layton In M. Sheehy (ed.) Women, mothers, subjects: New explorations of the maternal. New York/London: Routledge.

Gentile, K. (2010). Purging as embodiment. In J. Petrucelli (Ed.): Knowing, not knowing, and sort of knowing: Psychoanalysis and the experience of uncertainty. London: Karnac Press.

Gentile, K. (2007). Resisting to survive or self-destructing to resist? The on-going paradox oftransformation. In M. Suchet, A. Harris, & L. Aron (Eds.), Relational psychoanalysis, Volume III: New Voices. Mahwah, NJ: The Analytic Press.

Strozier, C. & Gentile, K. (2004). The mental health response to 9/11. In D. Knafo (Ed.). Living with terror, working with trauma: A clinician’s handbook. Hillsdale, NJ: Jason Aronson

Strozier, C. & Gentile, K. (2003/2012). The experiences of two mental health professionals. In B.S. Levy & V. W. Sidel (eds.) Terrorism and public health: A balanced approach to strengthening systems and protecting people, pp. 114-116. New York: Oxford University Press. First and Second Editions

Research Summary

My research aims to integrate affect theory and theories of queer temporalities with those of psychoanalysis to examine and explore impacts of trauma and ongoing patterns of traumatic repetitions. I have published numerous articles and book chapters on eating disorders, sexual and racial/cultural violence, intimate partner violence, participatory action research, and the cultural and psychic production of temporalities around trauma, annihilations anxieties, reproduction and fetal personhood. My current work integrates queer and psychoanalytic temporalities with affect theory and posthumanism to deconstruct human exceptionalism and to reinvigorate the nonhuman in theory and practice, especially around issues of animals and environmental justice and institutional betrayal around sexual misconduct in psychoanalytic training settings and the academy and the uses of restorative justice and bystander intervention practices. I contribute to the Public Seminar blog from the New School for Social Research on gender and sexuality and most recently, #MeToo in a series of articles and posts titled "Give a woman an inch, she'll take a penis."



Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Psychoanalysis, trauma, and theories of temporalities and transgenerational trauma. She has been interviewed for stories in the New York Times, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and other publications and on public radio.

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