Robert Kramer, PhD, is Visiting Professor of Psychology at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. At ELTE, he teaches existential-humanistic psychotherapy. During Spring 2022, he was Professor of Psychoanalysis at ELTE, only the second person in Hungary to hold this title. The first was Sándor Ferenczi.

He's now designing a leader development program for the Democracy Institute of CEU-Budapest, and doing the same with colleagues at the Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Políticas at the University of Lisbon.

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.

He has published in "The Los Angeles Review of Books," "The Times of Israel" (Tel Aviv), and "The New European" (London). He also writes reviews of forthcoming books for "Publishers Weekly" (New York).
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).

In 2022 he published "The Birth of Relationship Therapy: Carl Rogers Meets Otto Rank" (Psychosozial Press). In 2023 he will publish "Otto Rank: A Dream That Interprets Itself" with Phoenix Books (U.K.). His next book, to be published by Oxford University Press in 2024, is entitled, "Otto Rank and the Creation of Modern Psychotherapy."

His peer-reviewed articles have appeared in the U.S., the U.K. and, in translation, in Austria, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, and Spain. His latest scholarly article, "Discovering the Existential Unconscious: Rollo May Encounters Otto Rank" ("The Humanistic Psychologist," March 2023) has been published in translation in Chinese and Russian, and is now being translated into Greek, Turkish and Hungarian. He serves on the editorial board of the "Journal of Humanistic Psychology" (U.S.), founded by Abraham Maslow, and was book review editor of the "Journal of Organizational Change Management" (U.K.) for over a decade.

Before he moved to Budapest, he was Director of Executive Education for U.S. government leaders at American University’s School of Public Affairs in Washington, DC. In 2002, he created "transformative action learning," a Rankian leader development process based on existential-humanistic principles, and introduced it into the executive leadership curriculum at AU and at other universities around the world.

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.

He has lectured on Otto Rank's life and work at Bar Ilan University in Tel Aviv; Sigmund Freud University in Vienna; Corvinus University of Budapest; Central European University (Budapest); George Washington University (Washington, DC); American University (Washington DC); the American Psychological Association; the International Psychoanalytic Association (Prague); the Freud Museum in Vienna; University of Lancaster (U.K.); University of Athens Medical School in Greece; the International Institute of Existential and Humanistic Psychology in Beijing; the Department of Psychiatry at the Universities of Pisa and Florence (Italy); the Colloquium on Intellectual History of European Psychology, La Maison des Sciences de l’Homme (Paris); the William Alanson White Institute in New York; the Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought in Indianapolis; the Existential-Humanistic Institute in San Francisco; the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle; and the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work in Philadelphia.

For 25 years, he served in progressively senior positions in the U.S. government, including two years on Vice-President Al Gore's task force to reinvent the Federal government and one year as Director of the Innovation University at the U.S. Employment and Training Administration.

In 1999, he was selected by the U.S. State Department to be a Fulbright Professor in Hungary, and taught leadership at Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He speaks Hungarian.

Applying Otto Rank's existential-humanistic approach, he has consulted on leader development to corporate, government and civil society organizations around the world. Clients include Pfizer Corporation; Boeing Corporation; the World Bank; 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 the George Washington University School of Business and Public Management in Washington DC.

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