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.

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

Krantz, D. L. (1971). The separate worlds of operant and non-operant psychology. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 4 (1), 61-70.

Krantz, D. L., & Wiggins, L. (1973). Personal and impersonal channels of recruitment in the growth of theory. Human Development, 16 (3), 133-156.

Krantz, D. L., & Bacon, P. (1977). On being a naive questioner. Human Development, 20 (3), 141-159.

Freeman, J. M., & Krantz, D. L. (1980). The unfulfilled promise of life histories. Biography, 3 (1), 1-13.

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.

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.

Krantz, D. L. (1995). Sustaining vs. resolving the quantitative-qualitative debate. Evaluation and Program Planning, 18 (1), 89-96.

Krantz, D. L. (1998). Taming chance: Social science and everyday narratives. Psychological Inquiry, 9 (2), 87-94.

Krantz, D. L. (1998). Chance’s continuing challenges. Psychological Inquiry, 9 (2), 116-117.

Krantz, D. L. (2001). Reconsidering history of psychology’s borders. History of Psychology, 4 (2), 182-194.

Krantz, D. L. (2004). “Great Man” history revisited. Contemporary Psychology, 49 (5), 572-574.

Krantz, D. L. (2004). Beware—The machines are in charge. PsycCRITIQUES, 49 (Suppl. 3),

Krantz, D. L. (2005). Psychology’s Identity and Kuhn’s Structure of scientific revolutions. PsycCRITIQUES, 50 (4),

Krantz, D. L. (2005). Documentaries and the creation of reality. PsycCRITIQUES, 50 (18),

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.

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).

Krantz, D. L. (2005). Retrospection: What Hope for Mankind? PsycCRITIQUES, 50 (45).

Krantz, D. L. (2006). Parenting: Psychological Knowledge and the Public. PsycCRITIQUES, 51 (36).

Krantz, D. (2006). Laughing Hysterically at Our All Too Humanness. PsycCRITIQUES, 51 (42).

Krantz, D. L. (2006). The Search for Happiness à la Woody Allen. PsycCRITIQUES, 51 (49).