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Paul Elovitz

Associate Professor of History, Psychohistory and Interdisciplinary Studies

Year Joined RCNJ: 1971 as a Founding Faculty Member

Contact Information

  • Phone: (201) 684-7415
  • Email:
  • Office: B-201
  • Office Hours: On Leave for Spring 2022


  • B.A., University of Connecticut
  • M.A., Ph.D. Rutgers University

Courses Offered:

  • Children, and Youth in History
  • English History
  • History Seminar
  • Historiography
  • Hitler, the Holocaust, and Genocide
  • Nineteenth Century Europe
  • Historiography: Presidents and Presidential Candidates
  • Psychohistory: War, Peace, and Conflict Resolution
  • (forthcoming) World History and Topics on Democracy and Electronic Communications.

Teaching Interests:

  • How to get students to do research and think in a historical manner, using the latest technologies and their life experiences, while remaining loyal to the canons of our historical profession.
  • Encouraging interested students to study psychohistory.

Research Interests:

  • Biographies and psychobiographies of presidential candidates and presidents
  • The methodologies of history, psychohistory, and teaching
  • The impact of trauma on history and society
  • Research projects with students
  • The Makers and Making of Psychohistory Research Project
  • Every year Professor Elovitz usually makes five or six professional presentations in the U.S. and abroad.

Scholarly Activity:

  • “The Successes and Obstacles to the Interdisciplinary Marriage of Psychology and History,” in Jovan Byford and Cristian Tileagă, eds., Psychology and History, Interdisciplinary Explorations (Cambridge University Press, 2014), pp. 83-108.
  • “Two of the Earliest American Psychobiographers: Preserved Smith and L. Pierce Clark,” pages 78-87 in Juhani Ihanus and Vesa Talvitie, eds., Altaalla: Juhlakirja Juhani Ihanukselle (Helsinki: Ntamo [Publishers], 2014).  ISBN 978-952-215-521-4. [The book is mostly in Finnish]
  • “Feminist Historian Joan Wallach Scott,” Clio’s Psyche Vol. 20, No. 2 (September 2014): 9 pages.
  • Editor, Psychohistory for the Twenty-First Century: The Best of the Journal Clio’s Psyche (September 2013),pp. 280 pages.
  • “The Extraordinary Life and Psychohistory of Rudolph Binion,” Psychohistory News 31 #1 (Fall 2012), pp. 2-3.
  • “Messianic Hopes, Anger, Fantasy, Fear, and Disappointment in Obama’s Presidency,” Journal of Psychohistory XXXVIII Fall 2010, pp. 102-123.
  • “Admiration, Envy, and Hatred of Jews as Agents of Change in Modern Civilization,” Mentalities Vol. 24 2010 No. 2, pp. 3-14.
  • “The History of the Modern Psychohistory.” 36th International Psychohistorical Association meetings at New York University: June 5, 2013.
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