Siamak Movahedi, Ph.D., Cert. Psya., Director of Research, Full Professor, BGSP

Personal Statement
Siamak Movahedi, Ph.D., has an L.L.B. in Law (Tehran University), an M.S. in Criminology (California State University), a Ph.D. in Sociology from Washington State University, and a Certificate in Psychoanalysis from the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is Training and Supervising Analyst and the Director of the Institute for the Study of Psychoanalysis, Society, and Culture at the Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis. He is also a professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. He has published numerous papers in psychoanalysis, Social psychology and sociology. His papers have appeared in American Sociological Review, American Psychologist, American Imago, Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Modern Psychoanalysis, Sociology and Social Research, Organization, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Comparative Studies in Society and History ; Criminology, Urban Life, and in many other major social science journals. Dr. Movahedi received the Vision Award from the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis in 1995.

Language and psychoanalysis; the relation between social structure and psychopathology; political suicides and self-destructive behavior; dynamics of diagnostic activity in psychoanalytic situation.


Death, Fantasy, and Politics of Self-Destruction. Reprinted (by the editor's invitation) in the Italian journal, I Problemi della Pedagogia. September, 2010.

Wall Street Scandals: The Myth of Individual Greed." (Co-authored with Laura Hansen).Sociological Forum. V. 25, No. 2, Pp 367-375. September 2010.

What Do Post-Modern Feminists Want From Freud and Psychoanalysis? Modern Psychoanalysis. v. 34, number 2, 2009; Pp. 75-83.

Weaponization of the Body and Politicization of Death. The Revista Latinoamericana de Psicopatologia Fundamental, v. 12, Pp 71-98, March, 2009.

Psychoanalysis. Entry in  The Blackwell Encyclopedia of  Sociology,  ed. George Ritzer (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2007) Pp. 3694-3696.

Death, Fantasy and The Discovery of the Perverse.  The Psychology of Death in Fantasy and History,has been reprinted inJ. Piven (Ed.), Terrorism, Jihad, and Sacred Vengeance. Giessen, GER: Psychosozial-    Verlag., 2007.

The “Voice” of the Analysand and the “Subject” of Diagnosis, Contemporary Psychoanalysis: Journal of the William Alanson White Psychoanalytic Society, 41 (No.2):281-305, 2005.

Death, Fantasy and The Discovery of the Perverse.  The Psychology of Death in Fantasy and History, Piven Jerry (editor), Greenwood Praeger,  February 2004.

An Interdisciplinary Dialog on Violence: A Commentary, The Journal of Modern Psychoanalysis, Vol. 28, 2004).

“Narcissism” and   “Narcissistic Neurosis” two entries in The Edinburgh International Encyclopedia of Psychoanalysis; General Editor: Ross M. Skelton ( Trinity College, Dublin, Edinburgh University Press,2006) Pp. 319-320.

Quantitative Analysis of Qualitative Clinical Data. Proceeding of the annual meeting of the Hawaii International Conference on Statistics, Hawaii, 2003. ISSN # 1539-7211.

Regional Disparities in Romania: Political Participation in a Transitional Society. (co-authored with Russell Schutt, Denisa Popescu and Ali Pirzadeh) The Discourse of Sociological Practice. Vo. 5, Number 1 2003, Pp.19-26.

"Utopian Pursuit of Death American Imago. 56: Pp.1-26 (number 1), 1999.

The Discourse of Time and The Structure of Psychic Reality, Modern Psychoanalysis. 2(23):197-209, 1998.

"Women in Multinational Corporations: Old Myths, New Constructions, and some Deconstruction. Co-authored with Arlene Dallalfar. Organization. 3(4):541-554, 1996.
"Metalinguistic Analysis of Therapeutic Discourse, "Journal of The American Psychoanalytic Association., 44: number 3: 837-862, 1996.

"On Cause, Teleology and the Question of Drive versus Wish: A Comment on Nigel Mackay's Refutation of Purposive Explanations," Modern Psychoanalysis, 21:19-29, 1996.
"The Social Psychology of Foreign Policy and the Politics of International Images." Human Affairs 8 {October}: 18-37, 1985.

"Cultural Preconceptions of Time: Can We Use Operational Time to Meddle in God's Time?", Comparative Studies in Society and History  27 {July}: 385-400, 1985.

"Are Freudian Slips in Trouble?" Modern Psychoanalysis 10, No. 1, p. 79-88, 1985.
"Probability, Confirmation and Information of Theories." Pp. 201-261 in Lee Frees (ed.) Theoretical Methods in Sociology,  University of Pittsburgh Press, 1980.

"Drug Addicts and Addiction: Cultural Stereotypes and Clinical Theories." Urban Life: A Journal of Ethnographic Research 7 {April}: 45-66, 1979.
"Probability of a Theory or a Hypothesis: Some of the Uses and Misuses of the Concept of Probability." Sociology & Social Research 62 {January}: 43-62. [Co-authored with Richard Ogles], 1978.

"Role Playing: An Alternative to What?" Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 3 {2}, 1977.

"Prediction and Inference in Criminology." Criminology: An Interdisciplinary Journal 14 {August}: 177-188. [Co-authored with Richard Ogles], 1976.

"Reaction to the Stanford Prison Experiment: Movahedi and Banuazizi Reply." Published in Readings in Social Psychology: Contemporary Perspective.  Edited by Dennis Krebs. New York: Harper and Row, 1976.

"Methodological Schizophrenia: A Problem in the Sociology of Science." International Journal of Contemporary Sociology 13 {January & April}: 79-92, 1976.

"How Should One Load the Dice?" Journal of Health and Social Behavior 17 {September} 312-314, 1976.

"Loading the Dice in Favor of Madness. " Journal of Health and Social Behavior 16 {June}: 192-197, 19975.

"Interpersonal Dynamics in a Simulated Prison: A Methodological Analysis." American Psychologist 30 {February}: 152-160.  [Co-authored with Ali Banuazizi], 1975.

"Role Playing and Its Associated Problems of Inference: Movahedi & Banuazizi Reply." American Psychologist 30 {October}: 1016-1018, 1975.

"A Comment on the Distinction between Formal Statements and Empirical Propositions and Its Implication for Some Critiques of  Parsons." Sociological Research Symposium, Vol. 1, pp. 10-16, published by Virginia Commonwealth University, 1973.

Axiomatic Theory, Informative Value of Propositions and Derivation Rules of Ordinary Language." American Sociological Review 38: 416-424,  [Co-authored with Richard Ogles], 1973.