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Sudhir Kakar | Academics


B.E. (Mechanical Engineering)

Gujarat University (India) | 1955-58


University of Mannheim, Germany | 1960-64


Vienna, Austria | 1965-67

Post-doctoral psychoanalytic training as a candidate of the German Psychoanalytical Society

The Sigmund Freud Institute, Frankfurt | 1971-75

Academic Appointments

Honorary Professor

GITAM, Vishakhapatnam | since 2014

Kosambi Visiting Research Professor

Goa University |  2013

Adjunct Professor

INSEAD, Fontainbleau (France) | 1994-2014

Senior Fellow

Center for the Study of World Religions, Harvard University | 2001-02

Visiting Professor

Department of Psychology, the College & School of Divinity,

University of Chicago, every Spring quarter. | 1989-93

Senior Fellow

Center for the Study of Developing Societies,

New Delhi | 1980-90

Professor & Chairman

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology,

New Delhi | 1976-77

Visiting Professor of Behavioral Sciences

University of Economics, Vienna (Austria) | 1974-75

Visiting Lecturer

Sigmund Freud Institute of Psychoanalytic Training and Research,

Frankfurt (Germany) | 1972

Assistant Professor and from 1971, Professor of Organizational Behavior

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India. Teaching Behavioral Sciences in

Post Graduate courses and in external programs. | 1968-71

Research Fellow in Program for Applied Psychoanalysis

Harvard University, Graduate School of Business Administration | 1967-68

Lecturer in General Education

Harvard University, Faculty of Arts & Sciences. Assistant to Professor Erik H.Erikson

and teaching in his course “The Human Life Cycle”. | 1966-67

Honours & Awards

Lotte Koehler Prize for Psychoanalytic Developmental, Social and Cultural Psychology | 2021


Merck Tagore Award | 2016

Order of Merit, Federal Republic of Germany | 2012

Homi Bhabha Senior Fellow | 2012-14

Fellow, Centre for Advanced Study in Humanities, University of Cologne | 2011-2014

Distinguished Service Award of Indo-American Psychiatric Association | 2007

Elected Fellow of National Academy of Psychology2007

Member, Academie Universelle des Cultures, France | 2003

Abraham Kardiner Award, Columbia University | 2002


Rockefeller Residency, Bellagio. April-May | 1999

Goethe Medal of Goethe Institut, Germany | 1998

Watumull Distinguished Scholar, University of Hawaii,Spring Semester | 1998

Fellow, Institute of Advanced Study, Berlin, 1994-95 & Summer | 1997

National Fellow in Psychology, Indian Council of Social Science Research | 1992-94

MacArthur Research Fellowship1993-94


Boyer Prize for Psychological Anthropology, American Anthropological Association | 1987


Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow1986-88


Member, School of Social Sciences, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton | 1983-84


Visiting Fellow, Harvard University | 1983


German Academic Exchange Fellowship1983

Visiting Fellow, University of Melbourne, Winter Semester | 1981

Homi Bhabha Fellow1979-80

Senior Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research | 1975-76

Karolyi Foundation Award for Young Writers1963

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