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Universities of Chicago, Wisconsin and Rochester. (Ph. D.1974, Rochester)


Office: 5290 BUNCHE Hall
Phone: 310-206-2625
Fax: 310-206-9630
E-mail: rjacoby@history.ucla.edu

Mailing Address:

UCLA Department of History
6265 Bunche Hall
Box 951473
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1473

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Research Interests

Twentieth Century European and American intellectual history

Selected Publications

Bloodlust: On the Roots of Violence from Cain and Abel to the Present (Free Press, 2011)

Picture Imperfect: Utopian thought for an Anti-Utopian Age (Columbia University Press, 2005)

The End of Utopia: Politics and Culture in the Age of Apathy (Basic Books, 1999)

Dogmatic Wisdom: How the Culture Wars Divert Education and Distract America (Doubleday, 1994)

The Last Intellectuals: American Culture in the Age of Academe (Basic Books, 1987; new edition with new Introduction, Basic Books 2000)

The Repression of Psychoanalysis: Otto Fenichel and the Political Freudians (Basic Books, 1983)

Dialectic of Defeat: Contours of Western Marxism (Cambridge University Press, 1981)

Social Amnesia: A Critique of Contemporary Psychology (Beacon Press, 1975; Transaction, 1997)

Anthology: The Bell Curve Debate: History, Documents, Opinions (Times Books, 1995).

Articles and reviews in American Historical Review,Grand Street, Nation, Los Angeles Times, London Review of Books,New York Times, Harpers and elsewhere.


Guggenheim, NEH, Mellon, Moishe Gonzales Folding Chair in Critical Theory 2011-12, Lehrman Fellowship, Honorary Executive Vice President, APS (American Pessimist Society).

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