My name is Mikita Brottman and I’m a Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies and the MA Program in Critical Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in downtown Baltimore. I’m interested in writing, thinking, talking, and teaching about: the unexplained, abject, and uncanny; psychoanalysis; true crime; forensic aesthetics, and animals. I have a D.Phil from Oxford University and a PhD in psychoanalysis.
I’m a writer of non-fiction, both academic and creative, and a certified psychoanalyst (for my orientation and practice with colleague Melissa Daum, see our website Vas Hermeticum). I also work at the Jessup Correctional Institute as part of the JCI Prison Scholars Program, and I’m a Maryland Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for abused and neglected children. I live in the old Belvedere Hotel in Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with my partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and our popular and charismatic French bulldog, Oliver.