Michael Rustin

Visiting Professor

Michael Rustin is a Professor of Sociology at the University of East London, and a Visiting Professor at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust,  and at the University of Essex.  He is an Associate of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.

He has been a contributor to psychoanalytic thinking about politics, society and culture over many years, and has had significant responsibility for the academic accreditation of postgraduate programmes of psychoanalytic study at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust. He has taught on the Psychoanalytic Studies programme since its inception.    


He has written, edited or co-edited  17  books, and  published many  journal articles and book chapters. He is a founding editor of Soundings, and a member of the editorial boards of The International Journal of the International Journal of Infant Observation, and Psychoanalysis Culture and Society.  

His publications include After Neoliberalism: the Kilburn Manifesto (edited with Stuart Hall and Doreen Massey, 2015); Social Defences against Anxiety: Explorations in a Paradigm (edited with David Armstrong), 2014); The Inner World of Doctor Who (with Iain MacRury  2014): Reason and Unreason: Psychoanalysis, Science, Politics (2001); Mirror to Nature: Drama, Psychoanalysis and Society (with Margaret Rustin 2002); Narratives of Love and Loss: Explorations in Chiildren’s Fiction (with Margaret Rustin 1989/2001); The Good Society and the Inner World (1991); and Closely Observed Infants (edited with L. Miller, J. Shuttleworth and M.E. Rustin, 1985.)