Additional Information on Joel Kovel

Additional Information on Joel Kovel


* In a 2000 interview, Kovel said: “My experience of the Greens is of a very diverse group. Most Greens are people that [are] concerned to defend their communities and public spaces from encroachment. Most Greens have a basically anti-capitalist point of view because they’re always fighting a power plant or the tearing down of forests or whatever. All of which is very clear and obvious function of capital accumulation. Most Greens are people who are defending community values. Defending the values of localism, intact, small economic systems. Most Greens are basically from an anarchist tradition, of defending the integrity of democratic processes and spontaneous face to face interactions. That’s really where they come from. I believe they are increasingly moving in a more anti-capitalist direction.”

Education and Professional Affiliations

1957: B.S., Summa cum Laude, Yale University, Phi Beta Kappa, Junior Year
1961: M.D., Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, Alpha Omega Alpha
1977: Graduate, Psychoanalytic Institute, Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
1977-83: Director of Residency Training, Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1979-86: Professor of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1980-85: Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, New York, NY
1986-87: Visiting Professor of Political Science and Communications, University of California, San Diego
1988-2003: Alger Hiss Professor of Social Studies, Bard College, Annandale, NY
Spring 1990: Visiting Lecturer, San Diego State University
Winter 1993: Visiting Professor of Communication, University of California, San Diego
Professor, Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, CA
2003: Editor in Chief, Capitalism, Nature, Socialism


1. White Racism: A Psychohistory, New York, Pantheon, 1970. Second edition, New York, Columbia University Press, 1984 (with a new Introduction). Third edition, London, Free Association Books (with an additional introduction by Ivan Ward).
2. A Complete Guide to Therapy, New York, Pantheon, 1976; Paperbook edition, 1977. Re-issued in 1987 with a new Introduction. Also published in England (Harmondsworth, Penguin); Holland (Antwerp, Bruna); Italy (Rome, Astrolabio); Sweden (Stockhom, Prisma); and Germany (Frankfurt, Campus Verlag–reissued in 1984).
3. The Age of Desire: Case Histories of a Radical Psychoanalyst, New York, Pantheon, 1981. Published in Italy (1985), Rome, Astrolabio, in Turkey, 2000, Ayrinti Yayinlari.
4. Against the State of Nuclear Terror, London, Pan, 1983. Revised edition, Boston, South End, 1984.
5. The Radical Spirit: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Society, Free Association Books, London, 1988. Distributed by Columbia University Press.
6. In Nicaragua, Free Association Books, London, 1988. Distributed by Columbia University Press.
7. History and Spirit, Boston: Beacon Press, 1991.
Turkish edition; 1996, Second edition, 2000, Ayrinti Yayinlari. Second Edition, Essential Books, 1998.
8. Red Hunting in the Promised Land, New York: Basic Books, 1994. Second edition, Cassell, London, 1997.
9. The Enemy of Nature, 2002, Zed Books, London. Tulika Books, New Delhi, 2004; in press, Metis Publications, Istanbul.
10. Overcoming Zionism: Creating a Single Democratic State in Israel/Palestine, Pluto Press, 2007.

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