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Eli Zaretsky
American historian, educator, and author

Eli Zaretsky

Eli Zaretsky
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Intro American historian, educator, and author
Is Historian Political scientist Professor Author
From United States of America
Field Academia Literature Politics Social science
Gender male
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Bachelor of Arts
University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland Ph.D. (-1978)
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Eli Zaretsky is an American historian and educator. He is currently a professor of History at Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts at The New School for Social Research. 

His interests are in twentieth-century cultural history, the theory and history of capitalism (especially its social and cultural dimensions), and the history of the family. Modern European and U.S. Cultural History. His areas of specialization are:

  • History of the Family, U.S., European and Comparative
  • United States History, 1877-1919
  • History of Sociology
  • History of Psychology and Psychoanalysis
  • Social Theory, Cultural and Interdisciplinary Studies

Life, education, and career

Zaretsky was born in Brooklyn, New York. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Later, he earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, in 1978. 

Zaretsky has taught at Lang College since 1999.

He has authored several books on cultural history, capitalism, and the history of the family. His most recent book is Political Freud, published in 2015 by Cambridge University Press. The book reveals the power of Freudian thought to illuminate the great political conflicts of the twentieth century. His other prominent books include Secrets of the Soul: A Social and Cultural History of Psychoanalysis (August 2005) and Why America Needs a Left (2012). His book, Capitalism, the Family and Personal Life (1976), has been translated into fourteen languages. 

Zaretsky is also the editor of The Polish Peasant in Europe and America; and of Capitalism, the Family, and Personal Life.

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