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.

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Tony Kushner

Angels in America, Pulitzer Prize Winner

I've never read a book like A Murder Over a Girl. It's an account of a murder trial, the outcome of which is known; yet, the book is a hard-to-put-down page-turner.

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Susan Orlean

The Orchid Thief

Harrowing, humane, and utterly engaging, A Murder Over a Girl is a triumph of storytelling, delivering deep insight into gender and adolescence while drawing us into a fascinating narrative. It is a book very much of the moment, but at its heart it is a classic tale of human emotion.

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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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Press & Media

Selected Writings

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