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David L. Krantz

Professor of Psychology, Emeritus


BA Brooklyn College (1957)
MA Northwestern University (1959)
PhD Northwestern University (1961)

Professional Experience And Awards

Assistant and Associate Professor, Lake Forest College (1963-1971)
Professor of Psychology, Lake Forest College (1972-present)
Instructor, National Science Foundation Summer Institute in the History of Psychology (1968)
Visiting Lecturer, University of Amsterdam (1968)
Visiting Professor, University of Nairobi (1973)
Visiting Professor, McMaster and York Universities (1981)
Visiting Professor, York University and University of Toronto (1982, 1983, 1985)
Visiting Professor, University of Chicago (1984)
Visiting Professor, University of Ghent, Belgium (1990)
Senior Fulbright Professor, Gadjah Mada University, Indonesia (1993)
Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley (1997-1998)
Visiting International Scholar, University of Cape Town, South Africa (2004)
Visiting Professor, Wits University, Johannesburg, South Africa

Professional Activities

Sigma Xi
Fellow, Division 26, American Psychological Association
Consulting Editor, Contemporary Psychology (1971-78)
President Elect, Division 26, American Psychological Association (1976)
Consulting Editor, PsycCRITIQUES (2005 -)

Research Experience

National Science Foundation, Science Faculty Fellow: History and Philosophy of Science, Princeton and Yale Universities (1965),  (Thomas Kuhn, Derek Price, directors)
Director, American Psychological Association Project on ScientificInformation Exchange, “Scientific Communication Patterns in European Psychology, (1967-69)
Research Fellow, Institute for Development Studies, Nairobi, Kenya (1973)
Fellow, Center for Advanced Studies in Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, CA (1977-78)
Consultant, PLAN Development Project, Indonesia (1993)
Research Fellow, National Research Foundation, Indigenous Knowledge. South Africa (2004)


Goldstein, H., Krantz, D. L. and Rains, J. (eds.) Controversial Issues in Learning. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts (1966)

Krantz, D. L. (ed.) Schools of Psychology: A symposium in the History of Psychology. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts (1969)

Krantz, D. L. Radical Career Change. New York: Free Press (1978)

Journal Articles and Chapters (Selection)

Krantz, D. L. (1970), Do you know what your neighbours are doing? A study of scientific communication in Europe. International Journal of Psychology, 5, 221–226. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207597008246672

Krantz, D. L. (1971). The changing worlds of European psychology: Impressions and dilemmas. International Journal of Psychology, 6, 179-184. https://doi.org/10.1080/00207597108247308

Krantz, D. L. (1971). The separate worlds of operant and non-operant psychology. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 4 (1), 61-70. https://doi.org/10.1901/jaba.1971.4-61

Krantz, D. L., & Wiggins, L. (1973). Personal and impersonal channels of recruitment in the growth of theory. Human Development, 16 (3), 133-156. https://doi.org/10.1159/000271273

Krantz, D. L., & Bacon, P. (1977). On being a naive questioner. Human Development, 20 (3), 141-159. https://doi.org/10.1159/000271553

Freeman, J. M., & Krantz, D. L. (1980). The unfulfilled promise of life histories. Biography, 3 (1), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1353/bio.2010.0829

Cherniss, C. and Krantz, D. L. (1983). The ideological community as an antidote to burnout in the human services. In B. A. Forder (Ed.), Stress and burnout in the human service professions. New York: Pergamon.

Krantz, D. L. (1987). Psychology’s search for unity. New Ideas in Psychology, 5 (3), 329-339. https://doi.org/10.1016/0732-118X(87)90001-8

Krantz, D. L. (1988). Anti-psychiatric film in the new age. Readings 3, 16-19.

Shotter, J. (1991). Making sense of the world: An interview with David Krantz. New Ideas in Psychology, 9 (3), 395-401. https://doi.org/10.1016/0732-118X(91)90012-B

Krantz, D. L. (1995). Sustaining vs. resolving the quantitative-qualitative debate. Evaluation and Program Planning, 18 (1), 89-96. https://doi.org/10.1016/0149-7189(94)00052-Y

Krantz, D. L. (1998). Taming chance: Social science and everyday narratives. Psychological Inquiry, 9 (2), 87-94. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327965pli0902_1

Krantz, D. L. (1998). Chance’s continuing challenges. Psychological Inquiry, 9 (2), 116-117. https://doi.org/10.1207/s15327965pli0902_9

Krantz, D. L. (2001). Reconsidering history of psychology’s borders. History of Psychology, 4 (2), 182-194. https://doi.org/10.1037/1093-4510.4.2.182

Krantz, D. L. (2004). “Great Man” history revisited. Contemporary Psychology, 49 (5), 572-574. https://doi.org/10.1037/004803

Krantz, D. L. (2004). Beware—The machines are in charge. PsycCRITIQUES, 49 (Suppl. 3), https://doi.org/10.1037/040392

Krantz, D. L. (2005). Psychology’s Identity and Kuhn’s Structure of scientific revolutions. PsycCRITIQUES, 50 (4), https://doi.org/10.1037/041303

Krantz, D. L. (2005). Documentaries and the creation of reality. PsycCRITIQUES, 50 (18), https://doi.org/10.1037/041012

Krantz, D. L. (2006). Carlos Castaneda and his followers: Finding life’s meaning in your local bookstore. The Journal of Popular Culture, 39 (4), 576-598. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1540-5931.2006.00280.x

Krantz, D. L. (2006). Review of Rational Mysticism. Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 38 (1), 119-122.

Krantz, D. L. (2005). Hull’s Principles of Behavior and Psychology’s Unity. PsycCRITIQUES, 50 (37). https://doi.org/10.1037/43000111

Krantz, D. L. (2005). Retrospection: What Hope for Mankind? PsycCRITIQUES, 50 (45). https://doi.org/10.1037/73000112

Krantz, D. L. (2006). Parenting: Psychological Knowledge and the Public. PsycCRITIQUES, 51 (36). https://doi.org/10.1037/a0003446

Krantz, D. (2006). Laughing Hysterically at Our All Too Humanness. PsycCRITIQUES, 51 (42). https://doi.org/10.1037/a0004140

Krantz, D. L. (2006). The Search for Happiness à la Woody Allen. PsycCRITIQUES, 51 (49). https://doi.org/10.1037/a0006235