Greetings from New York City! I've been quiet on this site for a long while, but I am retiring from Union Theological Seminary this June  and hope to become more active with the Fulbright Association. I was the 2013–14 Fulbright-Freud Visiting Lecturer of Psychoanalysis at the Sigmund Freud Museum, and my time there was career- and life-changing. Much of my research since has been focused on the history of early psychoanalysis and religion, which resulted in my book Old and Dirty Gods: Religion, Antisemitism, and the Origins of Psychoanalysis (Routledge, 2017). Since that time, I've continued research with a particular interest in the Jewish women pioneers of psychoanalysis (for example, my co-edited book Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis, Routledge 2019). Equally important to me, I've become good friends with the staff of the Sigmund Freud Museum (and many other friends in Vienna and Budapest), and I joined the US board (Fulbright Foundation US) that supports fundraising for the museum's programming. I try to get back to Vienna annually (except during COVID) and also to Budapest, when I can. In a somewhat tangential way, my learnings about right-wing politics in Austria and Hungary also informed my most recent book, The Psychology of Christian Nationalism (Fortress, 2022), and I continue to watch political movements in Central and Eastern Europe. Fulbright's goal of fostering global friendships definitely was true in my case, and my life has been enriched by this amazing opportunity!
US Fulbright scholar
Fulbright's goal of fostering global friendships definitely was true in my case, and my life has been enriched by this amazing opportunity!
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