Dr. Mikita Brottman is a writer, mostly of non-fiction. Although her writing includes elements of memoir, psycho-analysis, history, and forensic psychology, her most consistent focus is the reconsideration and interrogation of the true crime genre. Dr. Brottman has been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Indiana University, and Director of the Humanities Program at the Pacifica Graduate Institute. She is currently a Professor in the Department of Humanistic Studies at the Maryland Institute College of Art in downtown Baltimore, where she teaches courses in literature, critical studies, and myth.
Dr. Brottman is also a psychoanalyst certified since 2012 through the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis (NCPsycA). She does volunteer work in the Maryland prison system and in forensic psychiatric facilities. Her articles and case studies have appeared in The American Journal of Psychoanalysis, New Literary History, American Imago, and other journals.
She lives in the old Belvedere Hotel in beautiful Mount Vernon, Baltimore, with her partner, the movie critic David Sterritt, and our popular and charismatic French bulldog, Oliver. You can read a profile of her and her work published in the Baltimore Sun by Mary Carole McCauley; or check out at this article by Mark Dery at Boing Boing.
Her most recent book is An Unexplained Death: the True Story of a Body at the Belvedere. Books also mentioned in this podcast episode are The Maximum Security Book Club: Reading Literature in a Men’s Prison and Thirteen Girls. Her podcast is Forensic Transmissions. All of which can be found at her website: www.mikitabrottman.com
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