About

I’m a writer, mostly of non-fiction. Although my writing includes elements of memoir, psycho-analysis, history, and forensic psychology, my most consistent focus is the reconsideration and interrogation of the true crime genre.

I’ve been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, and Director of the Humanities Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. I’m currently a Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in downtown Baltimore, where I teach courses in literature, critical studies, and myth.

I’m also a psychoanalyst certified since 2012 through the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NCPsycA). I do volunteer work in the Maryland prison system and in forensic psychiatric facilities. My articles and case studies have appeared in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, New Literary History, American Imago, and other journals.

I live in the old Belvedere Hotel in beautiful Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with my partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and our popular and charismatic French bulldog, Oliver. You can read a profile of me and my work published in the Baltimore Sun by Mary Carole McCauley; or check out at this article by Mark Dery at Boing Boing