Klara Naszkowska, Ph.D. is a cultural, social and personal historian specialising in the early history of psychoanalysis with the focus on Jewish women psychoanalysts. She is a Postdoctoral Visiting Scholar at Union Theological Seminary (Columbia University) and at the Center for Jewish History in New York. As a 2019/2020 Fulbright Visiting Scholar at UTS she worked on a research project devoted to Sabina Spielrein’s model of development of language.
Klara holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Edinburgh (2013) and an M.A. in Literary Studies from the University of Warsaw (2006). She has devoted her postdoctoral studies to Jewish female pioneers of psychoanalysis who have been left out of the recorded past, with a special focus on Sabina Spielrein. In November 2017 she established an International Association for Spielrein Studies (www.spielreinassociation.org) with Adrienne Harris and John Launer, and took up the position of the Founding Director. The Association is organising the first international conference "Sabina Spielrein and the Early Female Pioneers of Psychoanalysis" in April 9-11, 2022 in Warsaw.
Her most recent publications include: "Passions, Politics, and Drives: Sabina Spielrein in Soviet Russia" in: Sabina Spielrein and the Beginnings of Psychoanalysis: Image, Thought, and Language. Ed. P. Cooper-White, F. Kelcourse. Routledge (2019); "Sabina Spielrein (1885–1942). W poszukiwaniu własnej drogi" in: Psychoanaliza w cieniu wojny i zagłady. Ed. E. Kobylińska–Dehe. Universitas (2020).
Klara is currently researching and writing a book under a working title The Forced Migration of Jewish Women Psychoanalysts from Europe to the United States (1930–1941): A Personal, Interpretative and Documentary History.