Daniel Pick

Professor of History

Birkbeck College, University of London

Daniel Pick is professor of history at Birkbeck College, University of London and a psychoanalyst. He is a fellow of the British Psychoanalytical Society. Daniel co-runs an MA programme at Birkbeck on psychoanalysis, history and culture. He  has written on the history of psychoanalysis and psychiatry; evolutionary theory and the idea of degeneration in the nineteenth century, eugenics and social Darwinism; modern ideas of war; the myth of Svengali; popular culture at the turn of the century, and cultural attitudes to crime and madness in the Victorian period. His publications include The Pursuit of the Nazi Mind: Hitler, Hess, and the Analysts (2012), Rome or Death: The Obsessions of General Garibaldi (2005), as editor (with Lyndal Roper), Dreams and History: The Interpretation of Dreams from Ancient Greece to Modern Psychoanalysis (2004), and Faces of Degeneration: A European Disorder, c. 1848-1918 (1989). He is an editor of History Workshop Journal, a member of the advisory board of the journal Psychoanalysis and History and the Cambridge University Press book series, Studies in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Culture. He is also on the editorial board of the New Library of Psychoanalysis. He is currently writing a very short introduction to psychoanalysis for Oxford University Press.