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Cecilia Ballí is a writer, journalist, and anthropologist. She holds a B.A. in American Studies and Spanish from Stanford University, and a PhD. in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University. She is a writer-at-large for the Texas Monthly, and has published long-form articles in Harper's Magazine. Her work has also been anthologized in The Best American Crime Writing, and she received an honorable mention for the Columbia School of Journalism's 2008 J. Anthony Lukas Book-in-Progress Award. She is the 2014-15 J. Dobie Paisano Fellow, and in Spring 2015, she led a faculty writing workshop sponsored by the Humanities Institute.

• Marking the Line: The Making and Remaking of the U.S.-Mexico Border (In progress)

Selected Publications:
• “The Passion of Benjamin Sáenz.” Texas Monthly. August 2013.
• “What Nobody Says About Austin.” Texas Monthly. February 2013.
• “The Julián Castro I Knew – And How He’s Changed.” September 2012.
• “What About the Stories We Can’t Tell?” June 2012.
• “The True Meaning of the Tejano Monument.” March 2012.

Stephen M. Sonnenberg


Stephen Sonnenberg was educated at Princeton University, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, The University of Wisconsin, the National Institute of Mental Health, and The Baltimore-DC Institute for Psychoanalysis. He is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry at The Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland, Adjunct Professor at the School of Architecture and Fellow-in-Residence at the Humanities Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Founding Director of the Austin Center for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. 

Dr. Sonnenberg serves on numerous editorial boards and peer review panels of leading journals in the fields of psychiatry and psychoanalysis, has contributed scholarly articles to the leading journals in those fields, is the co-author of a textbook of psychodynamic psychotherapy, and the co-author of chapters in important textbooks of psychiatry. 

His research interests focus on the points of intersection between psychoanalysis and other areas of scholarly inquiry. His subjects of study include war, violence, decision-making, architecture and design, psychic trauma and post traumatic psychological disorders, addiction and the treatment of addiction, and education and effective teaching methods.

Abbreviated Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

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Sonnenberg, SM: A Special Form of Survivor Syndrome. (1972). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 41: 58-62

Sonnenberg, SM: Workshop Report-Children of Survivors. (1974). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, 22: 200-204

Sonnenberg, SM: A Transcultural Observation of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. (1982). Hospital & Community Psychiatry, 33: 58-59

Sonnenberg, SM: A Disputed Diagnosis of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder—Reply from Stephen M. Sonnenberg, M.D. (1982). Hospital & Community Psychiatry, 33: 665-666

Sonnenberg, SM: Introduction: The Trauma of War, in The Trauma of War: Stress and Recovery in Viet Nam Veterans. (1985). Sonnenberg, S.M., Blank, Jr., A.S., Talbott, J.A., eds. Washington, D.C.: American Psychiatric Press 3-12

Sonnenberg, SM: Self-Analysis, Applied Analysis, and Analytic Fieldwork: A Discussion of Methodology in Psychoanalytic Interdisciplinary Research. (1993). The Psychoanalytic Study of Society, 18: 443-463

Sonnenberg, SM, Orsak, CG: Psychoanalytic Aspects of the Aftermath of War, in Violence in America, An Encyclopedia, v.3. (1999). Gottesman, R., ed. New York: Scribner’s 399-403

Kline, DC, Sonnenberg, SM: Skepticism and Science: An Empirical Construal of  Psychoanalytic Experience. (2001). Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, 10: 231-252

Sonnenberg, SM: Discussion of Brenner: Reflections on Psychoanalysis. (2002). Journal of Clinical Psychoanalysis, 11: 127-132

Sonnenberg, SM: What Can Psychoanalysis Learn from an Enhanced Awareness of Architecture and Design? (2005). The Annual of  Psychoanalysis, 33: 39-56

Sonnenberg, SM: On: The Relevance of Psychoanalysis to an Understanding of Terrorism. (2005). International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 86: 1479-1480

Sonnenberg, SM: Freud Document Attachments to On: The Relevance of Psychoanalysis to an Understanding of Terrorism. (2005). International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 86: 1479-1480

Sonnenberg, SM: The Prevention and Treatment of Organizationally Induced Trauma. (2006). International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 87: 243-246

Sonnenberg, SM, Myerson, WA: The Educational Boundary. (2007). International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 88: 203-217

Palaima, T, Sonnenberg, S: Our wounds, our duty. (2009). Austin American Statesman, December 6, F: 1, 4

Danze, E.A., Ruckman, R., Winn, P., Sonnenberg, S.M.: An Interactive Three- and Four-Dimensional Clinical, Research, Learning, and Teaching Model of Erik Erikson's Diagram of Psychosocial Development. Poster presented at the American Psychanalytic Association Scientific Poster Session, January 2010. (2010). Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association 58 (3): NP1-NP12. Online only doi: 10.1177/0003065112450149

Sonnenberg, SM: Psychoanalysis and the United States Research University: Current Trends. (2011). The International Journal of Psychoanalysis, 92: 641-659

Sonnenberg, S: A short course in why doctors need a longer education. (2011). Austin American Statesman, August 21, D: 1, 8

Sonnenberg, SM: Book Review: Clinical Manual for Management of PTSD, Benedek, DM, Wynn, GH, eds. (2011). Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 199: 427

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