IN HONOR OF
Muriel received her PhD in Anthropology from Columbia University in 1970. She taught for many years at Lehman College before becoming Professor Emeritus in order to begin a second career as a psychoanalyst. She trained and then taught at NYU in the Post-Doctoral Program in Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, while also a Fellow at the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU.
Muriel entered psychoanalytic training when already a scholar in anthropology and feminist theory. She then turned her brilliant mind to questions of gender and sexuality, deepening our understanding of how these sites of identity and experience function in psychic and social life. She was a transformational and provocative thinker and writer who questioned received wisdom, opened conversations on dangerous topics, and developed new ways of thinking about and doing psychoanalysis. Her body of work is bold and original in the areas of gender and queer studies, sexuality, feminism and relational psychoanalysis. She was the author of numerous papers and books, and was a revered and beloved teacher, mentor, supervisor and clinician.