Michelle Alexander

Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar who currently holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University. Prior to joining the Kirwan Institute, Professor Alexander was an Associate Professor of Law at Stanford Law School, where she directed the Civil Rights Clinics. In 2005, she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of her first book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (The New Press, 2010). Alexander’s current work reflects lessons learned in her previous career as a civil rights lawyer and advocate in both the private and non-profit sector.  Professor Alexander is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University.     

Lewis Aron


​ Lewis Aron, Ph.D. is the Director of the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis.  He has served as President of the Division of Psychoanalysis (39) of the American Psychological Association;  founding President of the International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy (IARPP); founding President of the Division of Psychologist-Psychoanalysts of the New York State Psychological Association (NYSPA).  He is the co-founder and co-chair of the Sándor Ferenczi Center at the New School for Social Research, an Honorary Member of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, and Adjunct Professor, School of Psychology, Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, Israel.  Lewis Aron was one of the founders, and is an Associate Editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues and is the series editor (with Adrienne Harris) of the Relational Perspectives Book Series, Routledge.   He is the Editor of the Psychoanalysis & Jewish Life Book Series, The Academic Studies Press. Lewis Aron, Ph.D. is ​co-​ author with Karen Starr of ​ A Psychotherapy for the People: Toward a Progressive Psychoanalysis and of ​ A Meeting of Mind along with numerous other journal articles and books.​  For more information, see:  http://www.lewaron.com

Brian Becker

Dr. Brian W. Becker is a research fellow at the Psychology and the Other and an assistant professor of neuropsychology at Lesley University. He is the founder and director of the Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at Lesley and a visiting scholar at Boston College. He received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology and an M.A. in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA. He completed his postdoctoral training at the West Los Angeles Veteran Affairs Healthcare System and the Department of Neurology at UCLA. His previous research has examined the cognitive and functional consequences of HIV infection, while his dissertation offered a critique of contemporary notions of intersubjectivity in psychology using the phenomenology of Jean-Luc Marion. His current research is focused on social cognition and decision making, the history of neuroscience, and implications of the theological turn in phenomenology for psychological theory and practice.

Simon Critchley


Simon Critchley is Hans Jonas Professor at the New School for Social Research. His books include Very Little…Almost Nothing, Infinitely Demanding, The Book of Dead Philosophers, The Faith of the Faithless, The Mattering of Matter. Documents from the Archive of the International Necronautical Society (with Tom McCarthy) and Stay, Illusion! The Hamlet Doctrine (with Jamieson Webter). An experimental new work, Memory Theatre, and a book called Bowie are forthcoming in September 2014. He is moderator of ‘The Stone’, a philosophy column in The New York Times, to which he is a frequent contributor.

Mark Freeman


Mark Freeman is Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society and Professor of Psychology at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.  He is the author of Rewriting the Self: History, Memory, Narrative (Routledge, 1993); Finding the Muse: A Sociopsychological Inquiry into the Conditions of Artistic Creativity (Cambridge, 1994); Hindsight: The Promise and Peril of Looking Backward (Oxford, 2010); and numerous articles on issues ranging from memory and identity to the psychology of art and religion.  Of particular relevance to the Psychology and the Other Conference is his recently completed book The Priority of the Other: Thinking and Living Beyond the Self (Oxford, forthcoming), in which he seeks to complement his longstanding interest in the self with an in-depth exploration of the category, and place, of the Other in psychological life.  Winner of the 2010 Theodore R. Sarbin Award in the Division of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology of the American Psychological Association, he is also a Fellow in the American Psychological Association and serves editor for the Oxford University Press series “Explorations in Narrative Psychology.” 

Sue Grand


Dr. Sue Grand is faculty and supervisor at the NYU Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy; faculty, The Mitchell Center for Relational Psychoanalysis; faculty, the Trauma Program at the National Institute for the Psychotherapies; faculty, Couples and Family program at the NYU Postdoctoral Program; and a visiting scholar at the Psychoanalytic Institute for Northern California. She is an associate editor for Psychoanalytic Dialogues and for Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. She is the author of The Reproduction of Evil: A Clinical and Cultural Perspective, and The Hero in the Mirror: From Fear to Fortitude. She is in private practice in NYC and in Teaneck, NJ.

Richard Kearney


Richard Kearney holds the Charles B. Seelig Chair of Philosophy at Boston College and has served as a Visiting Professor at University College Dublin, the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and the University of Nice. He is the author of over twenty books on European philosophy and literature (including two novels and a volume of poetry) and has edited or co-edited eighteen more. He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and was formerly a member of the Arts Council of Ireland, the Higher Education Authority of Ireland and chairman of the Irish School of Film at University College Dublin. As a public intellectual in Ireland, he was involved in drafting a number of proposals for a Northern Irish peace agreement (1983, 1993, 1995). He has presented five series on culture and philosophy for Irish and/or British television and broadcast extensively on the European media.

Recent publications include a trilogy entitled 'Philosophy at the Limit'. The three volumes are On Stories (Routledge, 2002), The God Who May Be (Indiana UP, 2001) and Strangers, Gods, and Monsters (Routledge, 2003). Since then, Richard Kearney has published Debates in Continental Philosophy (Fordham, 2004), The Owl of Minerva (Ashgate, 2005), Navigations (Syracuse University Press, 2007) and Anatheism (Columbia, 2009).


Richard Kearney is international director of the Guestbook Project--Hosting the Stranger: Between Hostility and Hospitality.


Julia Kristeva


Born in Bulgaria, Julia Kristeva has lived and worked in France since 1966.  In the 60's, Kristeva was an active member of the 'Tel Quel group', publishing influential writings on the politics of language in the Tel Quel journal and eventually joining its editorial board. This early work in language and linguistics led to the publication of Semeiotikè (1969) and La Révolution du langage poétique (1974). Kristeva completed her training in psychoanalysis in 1979. Her writings in the 1980s draw on her practice as an analyst and elaborate on the nature of the relationship between semiotic drives and symbolic language. These texts include Pouvoirs de l’horreur (1980), Histoires d’amour (1985), and Soleil noir. Dépression et mélancolie (1987). 


Kristeva is now Professor Emeritus at University of Paris VII Diderot. She holds honorary degrees from many universities in the United States, Canada and Europe. In 2004, she was the first recipient of the Norway's Prix Holberg in recognition of her “innovative explorations of questions on the intersection of language, culture and literature which inspired research across the humanities and the social sciences throughout the world and have also had a significant impact on feminist theory.”

Lynne Layton


Lynne Layton, Ph.D. is Assistant Clinical Professor of  Psychology, Harvard Medical School. She has taught courses on women and popular culture and on culture and psychoanalysis at Harvard College; currently, she teaches and supervises at the Massachusetts Institute for Psychoanalysis and Boston Institute for Psychotherapy. She has drawn on psychoanalysis to understand class, race, gender, and sexuality dynamics both in the clinic and in the culture at large. She is the author of Who's That Girl? Who's That Boy? Clinical Practice Meets Postmodern Gender Theory, co-editor of Bringing the Plague. Toward a Postmodern Psychoanalysis, and co-editor of Psychoanalysis, Class and Politics: Encounters in the Clinical Setting. She is co-editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society and associate editor of Studies in Gender and Sexuality.

Heather Macdonald

Dr. Heather Macdonald is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Lesley University. Dr. Macdonald came to academia after years of practice as a clinical psychologist whose work involved community outreach, child assessment, and individual therapeutic services to children and families in the foster care system and with youth involved in the juvenile justice system. As a community based clinical psychologist and a person who has lived in Asia and Africa, she has always sought to understand mental health issues within the context of their respective social, economic and political environments and believes that groups and communities are the preferred sites of intervention.


Dr. Macdonald’s work has led to scholarly research on the interface between culture, social justice, relational ethics, clinical practice and post-colonial thought. Her research draws upon a cross-fertilization of ideas and disciplines including cultural phenomenology and psychopolitical theories of embodiment. Her most recent articles include the following: Issues of Translation, Mistrust and Co-Collaboration in Therapeutic Assessment (2010), The Ghetto Intern: Culture and Memory (2014) and African American Young Men and the Diagnosis of Conduct Disorder: The Neo-Colonization of Suffering (2015). Palgrave Macmillan has, recently published her first book: Critical and Cultural Explorations in Community Psychology. These works consider the danger of imposing overarching psychological universals to specific cultural environments. She is now researching and writing on culture, history, memory and the role of ancestral warriors in South African politics as well as conducting research on colonial disciplinary power and traditional healers using materials from the National Archives in Pretoria South Africa. She is a fellow and the Psychology and the Other Institute.

Donna Orange

Donna Orange is educated in both philosophy and clinical psychology. She is an esteemed fellow in the Psychology and the Other where she provides workshops, mentorship, and is actively involved in the bi-annual conferences. She also at NYU Postdoc and ISIPSé (Institute for Psychoanalytic Psychology of the Self and Relational Psychoanalysis) in Milano and Roma. In New York, she teaches and supervises at IPSS, the Institute for the Psychoanalytic Study of Subjectivity. She runs study groups in philosophy, in the history of psychoanalysis, and in contemporary relational psychoanalysis. She is author of Emotional Understanding: Studies in Psychoanalytic Psychology; Thinking for Clinicians: Philosophical Resources for Contemporary Psychoanalysis and the Humanistic Psychotherapies, and The Suffering Stranger: Hermeneutics for Everyday Clinical Practice (2011). With George Atwood and Robert Stolorow she has written Working Intersubjectively: Contextualism in Psychoanalytic Practice and Worlds of Experience: Interweaving Philosophical and Clinical Dimensions in Psychoanalysis. With Roger Frie, she co-edited Beyond Postmodernism: Extending the Reach of Clinical Theory. Her philosophical studies include pragmatism, ethics, phenomenology, and many topics in the history of philosophy. In psychoanalysis, she wonders about the ways in which traumatic experience and fixed ideas, including especially her own, interact to inhibit dialogue and hospitality.

Ann Pellegrini


Ann Pellegrini is Professor of Performance Studies & Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, where she also directs the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality.  Her research and teaching interests traverse numerous areas: queer and feminist theories; religion, sexuality, and the law; psychoanalysis and culture; Jewish cultural studies; trauma and the performance of witness; and musical theatre.  She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from Harvard University, in 1994, and holds B.A.s in Classics from both Harvard-Radcliffe College (1986) and Oxford University (1988) as well as an M.A. in the Study of Religion from Harvard University (1988).  Her articles have appeared in such journals as American Imago, Women & Performance, Camera Obscura, Social Research, American Quarterly, and Critical Inquiry, and her books include Performance Anxieties; Staging Psychoanalysis, Staging Race; the anthology Queer Theory and the Jewish Question (coedited with Daniel Boyarin and Daniel Itzkovitz); and Love the Sin: Sexual Regulation and the Limits of Religious Tolerance (coauthored with Janet R. Jakobsen).  Her most recent book, “You Can Tell Just By Looking” and 20 Other Myths About LGBT Life and People (coauthored with Michael Bronski and Michael Amico) – was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for best LBGT non-fiction book of 2013.  Dr. Pellegrini is a contributing editor to the journal Studies in Gender and Sexuality and coedits the LGBTQ book series Sexual Cultures at New York University Press (with José Esteban Muñoz, Tavia Nyong’o, and Joshua Chambers-Letson).  In 2007, she was the Freud-Fulbright Visiting Scholar of Psychoanalysis at the Freud Museum in Vienna and at the University of Vienna.  She enjoys psychoanalysis and show tunes, and begins the repecialization program at IPTAR, in New York City, in September 2014.  

Eric Severson

Dr. Eric Severson is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Eastern Nazarene College, where he is also Director of the Center for Responsibility and Justice. He specializes in the philosophy of Emmanuel Levinas, but frequently participates in interdisciplinary conversations with psychology, world religions, theology, ethics and the philosophy of religion. He is author of Levinas's Philosophy of Time (Duquesne, 2013) and Scandalous Obligation (Beacon Hill Press, 2011), and editor of three volumes of collected essays. Eric lives in Quincy, Massachusetts with his wife Misha and their three children.

Brent Slife


Dr. Slife is currently the Richard L. Evans Chair of Religious Understanding and

Professor of Psychology at Brigham Young University. Honored recently with an APA

Presidential Citation for his contribution to psychology, Dr. Slife has served as the

President of the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology and is presently the

Editor-in-Chief for the APA Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology. His

primary scholarly interests include the philosophy of social science and the methodology

and ontology of hermeneutics. He has authored or co-authored over 200 articles and 8

books, including Human Frailty, Vice, and Suffering: Flourishing in the Context of

Limits and Dependency (in press, APA Books), Taking Sides: Clashing Views on

Psychological Issues (2013, McGraw-Hill), Critical Thinking About Psychology: Hidden

Assumptions and Plausible Alternatives (2005, APA Books), Critical Issues in

Psychotherapy: Translating New Ideas into Practice (2001, Sage Publications), and

What’s Behind the Research? Hidden Assumptions in the Behavioral Sciences (1995,

Sage Publications). Dr. Slife also continues his psychotherapy practice of over 30 years,

where he specializes in marital and family therapies.

Aaron B. Daniels

Aaron B. Daniels is a research fellow at Psychology and the Other and faculty of psychology at Curry College in Milton, Massachusetts. He holds a PhD in clinical psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California and an MA in psychology with an emphasis in existential-phenomenology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is the author of three books, Jungian Crime Scene Analysis: An imaginal investigation (2014), Imaginal Reality, Volume I: Journey to the Voids (2011) and Imaginal Reality, Volume II: Voidcraft (2011). He worked for a decade in community mental health and private clinical practice. His current research focuses on Dante and phenomenology.

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