Robert Kramer, PhD, is Professor of Psychoanalysis at Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest and an existential psychoanalyst in the tradition of Otto Rank and Rollo May.
He teaches Rankian thought at Sigmund Freud University in Vienna; Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv; the International Institute of Existential and Humanistic Psychology in Beijing; the William Alanson White Institute in New York; the Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought in Indianapolis; and the Existential-Humanistic Institute in San Francisco.
He writes on politics and culture for The Times of Israel (Tel Aviv), The New European (London) and the Philosophical Salon of the Los Angeles Review of Books.
During academic year 2015-16, he was the inaugural International Chair of Public Leadership at the National University of Public Service in Budapest, Hungary. In 2016 he resigned his chair in protest against the corruption of the Orbán regime.
His scholarly publications on Rank have appeared in academic journals in the US, the UK and, in translation, in Austria, Canada, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands and Spain. His latest article, "Discovering the Existential Unconscious: Rollo May Encounters Otto Rank" (The Humanistic Psychologist, in press, 2022) is now being translated into Russian, Chinese, Greek and Hungarian. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (US), founded by Abraham Maslow.
He edited and introduced Otto Rank's "A Psychology of Difference: The American Lectures" (Princeton University Press, 1996) and co-edited, with E. J. Lieberman, "The Letters of Sigmund Freud and Otto Rank: Inside Psychoanalysis" (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012). His most recent book is "The Birth of Relationship Therapy: Carl Rogers Meets Otto Rank" (Giessen: Psychosozial Verlag, 2022). His next book, to be published in 2023, is entitled, "Otto Rank and the Creation of Modern Psychotherapy."
Before he moved to Budapest in 2015, he was Director of Executive Education (2002-2005) for senior US government leaders at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. He introduced "transformative action learning," a leader development process based on Rankian thought, into the executive curriculum, In 2002, he received the Outstanding Teacher Award at AU. In 2004, he won the Curriculum Innovation Award of the American Society for Public Administration.
From 2002-2004, he was an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society for Management Educators, a group of 650 professors in leadership and management education worldwide.
From 1975-2001, he served in the US government, including two years on Vice-President Al Gore's task force to reinvent the Federal government. In 1999, he was selected by the US State Department to be a Fulbright Professor, and taught leadership and organization development at Eötvös Loránd University of Budapest.
He has consulted on leader development, using transformative action learning, to corporate, government and civil society organizations around the world. Clients include Pfizer Corporation; Boeing Corporation; the European Commission in Brussels and Luxembourg; the European Environmental Agency in Copenhagen; the Prime Minister’s Office in Tallinn, Estonia; the National Research University’s Higher School of Economics in Moscow and St. Petersburg; the Moscow State University of Pedagogy; the University of Haifa; the Philippine Academy of Development; almost all agencies of the US Government, including the intelligence community; and the Department of Human Services in the City of Alexandria in the US.
He holds a PhD in leadership, with a specialization in the intellectual history of psychoanalysis, from George Washington University in Washington DC.