Laurence A. Rickels moved to the Coast in 1981 upon completing his graduate training in German philology at Princeton University. While in California he earned a psychotherapy license. He has published numerous studies of the phenomenon he calls "unmourning", a term that became the title of his trilogy: "Aberrations of Mourning", "The Case of California", and "Nazi Psychoanalysis". His most recent publication (in German translation) is "Geprüfte Seelen" (Passagen 2012). In 2011 he joined the faculty of the Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste Karlsruhe as successor to Klaus Theweleit.