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Joel Kovel
Joel Kovel, in 2009
Joel Kovel, in 2009
Born (1936-08-27)August 27, 1936
Brooklyn, New York, New York, U.S.
Died April 30, 2018(2018-04-30) (aged 81)
New York City
Occupation Scholar, writer
Nationality American

Joel Kovel (August 27, 1936 – April 30, 2018) was an American scholar and author.


From 1977 till 1983 he was Director of Residency Training, Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine (where he was also Professor of Psychiatry from 1979–1986). From 1980 to 1985, he was an Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the New School for Social Research and from 1986–7 a Visiting Professor of Political Science and Communications, University of California, San Diego.

Kovel's works include White Racism (1971) (nominated for a National Book Award), A Complete Guide to Therapy (1979), The Age of Desire (1982), Against the State of Nuclear Terror (1982), In Nicaragua (1986), The Radical Spirit: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Society (1988), History and Spirit (1991), Red Hunting in the Promised Land (1994), The Enemy of Nature (2002), and Overcoming Zionism (2007).

On May 1, 2018, it was announced that Kovel died in New York City on April 30 at the age of 81. No cause of death was given.

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