Robert Jay Lifton

Columbia University
Psychiatrist; Educator
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Psychological Sciences


Robert Jay Lifton, M.D., is Lecturer in Psychiatry at Columbia University and Distinguished Professor Emeritus of John Jay College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. A leading psychohistorian, his renown comes from his studies of the doctors who aided Nazi war crimes and from his work with Hiroshima survivors. He was an outspoken critic of the American Psychological Association’s aiding of government-sanctioned torture, as he is a vocal opponent of nuclear weapons. His research encompasses the psychological causes and effects of war and political violence and the theory of thought reform. His books include, most recently, Witness to an Extreme Century: A Memoir, and Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima (which won a National Book Award). 

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