Ken Corbett is Clinical Assistant Professor at the New York University Postdoctoral Program in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He is the author of Boyhoods: Rethinking Masculinities and A Murder Over a Girl: Gender, Justice, Junior High. Dr. Corbett has a private practice in New York City.


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A Murder Over a Girl

Publisher's Weekly

Starred Review

Psychologist Corbett (Boyhoods) recounts, with riveting clarity and deep humanity, the 2011 trial of Brandon McInerney for fatally shooting his 15-year-old classmate Larry King during their middle-school English class in Oxnard, Calif., in 2008. But as he brings careful precision and a trained clinical eye to the desperate, painful facts...

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Peter Carey

Oscar and Lucinda — The True History of the Kelly Gang
Booker Prize Winner

You could say Ken Corbett was put on earth to write this stunning book. Now is the moment in our history when we need him to be our secret agent, our witness, our guide inside the maelstrom of this mad hatter court.

Judith Butler

Gender Trouble

With great compassion, insight, and care, Corbett takes us to the scene in which one transgendered child’s daring and vibrant bid to become a girl met with the murderous rage of a boy well-taught in holding and using a gun. A murdered girl is gone...

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Publisher's Weekly

Starred Review

Based in his extensive work with nontraditional families (including same-gender couples raising children) and years of research into non-normative gender behaviors, practicing psychoanalyst Corbett outlines an elastic psychoanalytical model for examining male desire, while confronting society's reliance on traditional masculinity narratives. Corbett isn't afraid...

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Adam Phillips

On Kissing, Tickling and Being Bored — The Beast in the Nursery

Ken Corbett has not needed to tell a new story about masculinity because he has so many new stories to tell...

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Selected Writings

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