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Dr Carolyn Laubender

Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Dr Carolyn Laubender



Carolyn Laubender, PhD, is a Lecturer in the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex, where she is also the director of the BA Programme in Childhood Studies. She comes to the University of Essex from Duke University in the US, where she completed her PhD and taught as an Instructor of Record. Her writing has appeared in journals like Psychoanalysis and History, Studies in Gender and Sexuality, Free Associations, and Feminist Theory. In her current monograph project, The Child in Mind: Psychoanalysis, Politics, and the Clinic, she reads the work of formative mid-century child psychoanalysts to consider how the child psychoanalytic clinic became a site of experimental political action throughout Europe in the 20th century. Taken broadly, her work is interested in exploring the political extensions of psychoanalytic theory and practice, with special emphasis how theories of mind (and their attendant clinical practices) intersect with the social and political formation of race, gender, and sexuality. She would be interested in hearing from potential PhD students whose research focuses on any of the following areas of specialization: Psychoanalytic Theory and History Childhood Studies Gender and Sexuality Studies Feminist Theory Queer Theory Post/De-Colonial Theory Psychoanalysis, Literature, and Film


  • PhD Duke University,


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, University of Essex (1/8/2018 - present)

  • Programme Director, Childhood Studies, University of Essex (1/8/2018 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Popular Film, Literature and Television: A Psychoanalytic Approach (Freud and Jung) (PA108)

  • Introduction to Childhood Studies (PA140)

  • Perspectives in Child Development (PA141)

  • Where the Wild Things Are: Literature, Childhood, Psychoanalysis (PA231)

  • Psycho Analytic Theory (PA901)


Journal articles (9)

Laubender, C., The Eye of the Beholder: Sexual Difference, Scientific Narrative, and the Female Gaze in Charles Darwin and Sigmund Freud. Harts & Minds: The Journal of Humanities and Arts. 3 (1), 1-16

Laubender, C., (2020). Speak for Your Self: Psychoanalysis, Autotheory, and the Plural Self. Arizona Quarterly. 76 (1), 39-64

Laubender, C., (2019). Beyond Repair: Interpretation, Reparation, and Melanie Klein's Clinical Play Technique. Studies in Gender and Sexuality. 20 (1), 51-67

Laubender, C., (2019). Empty Space: Creativity, Femininity, Reparation, Justice. Free Associations. 75 (1), 27-48

Laubender, C., (2019). From the bomb to apollo 13: Bowlby and the cold war. The Psychologist. 33 (7), 76-78

Laubender, C. and Giovanini, VO., (2019). Introduction: “Aesthetic Subjects”. Free Associations. 75, 1-8

Laubender, C., (2018). DW Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject. Psychoanalysis and History. 20 (1), 120-124

Laubender, C., (2017). The biopolitics of gender Jemima Repo. Feminist Theory. 18 (2), 232-234

Laubender, C., (2017). On Good Authority: Anna Freud and the Politics of Child Analysis. Psychoanalysis and History. 19 (3), 297-322

Other (1)

Laubender, C., (2019).States of Security: John Bowlby, Child Psychology, and The Cold War,Hidden Persuaders Blog


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