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I’m a writer, literature professor, and psychoanalyst. I have a particular interest in reconsidering and interrogating the true crime genre, a preoccupation is at the heart of my two most recent books, An Unexplained Death (Henry Holt, 2018), and Couple Found Slain (Henry Holt, 2021).

   I have a D.Phil from Oxford University in English language and literature. I’ve held faculty positions at the University of East London, Indiana University in Bloomington, and the Pacifica Graduate Institute, in California. I’m currently a faculty professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.  I’m also a psychoanalyst certified since 2012 through the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, and I do voluntary and short-term forensic work in prisons and psychiatric facilities. I have published case studies in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, American Imago, and elsewhere. Currently, my academic research investigates the historical relationship between psychoanalysis and the occult, especially Freud’s connections with the Society for Psychical Research, and the discomfort caused by these affiliations when psychoanalysis was struggling to establish itself as a discipline with serious scientific credentials.  Many of my academic articles are available here.

I live in the neighborhood of Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with my husband, the movie critic David Sterritt, and our popular bulldog, Brutus. You can read a profile of me and my work published in The Baltimore Sun by Mary Carole McCauley in July 2016. I don’t use much social media so if you want to get in touch, email me at mikita.brottman@gmail.com.

I am represented by Betsy Lerner at Dunow Carlson & Lerner Literary Agency, 27 W 20th St #1107, New York, NY 10011 betsy@dclagency.com