John Ehrenreich (born February 20, 1943) is an American author, academic, and clinical psychologist who has published books on health policy, humanitarian policy, US history and US social policy. His newest book, Third Wave Capitalism: How Money, Power, and the Pursuit of Self-Interest have Imperiled the American Dream, was published in 2016 by Cornell University Press in 2016. It was described by Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne as "a brilliant take on what ails our society and our politics," and by Arlie Hochschild, author of The Outsourced Self, as "a fascinating 'long look' at America.... Sobering, startling, important―a big-think book."
Born in Philadelphia, Ehrenreich received his bachelor's degree in 1964 from Harvard College, followed by a Ph.D. in cellular biology from Rockefeller University and a second PhD in Clinical Psychology from the New School for Social Research. Since the 1970s, he has been a professor at the State University of New York at Old Westbury, where he currently holds the position of Professor of Psychology.
In 1967, Ehrenreich married fellow Rockefeller University graduate student Barbara Alexander, now better known as social critic and best-selling author Barbara Ehrenreich (Nickel and Dimed). Together, John and Barbara Ehrenreich played a leading role in the anti-Vietnam war movement in New York and published several early books and articles, including Long March, Short Spring: The Student Uprising at Home and Abroad (1969), The American Health Empire: Power, Profits and Politics (1970), and "The Professional-Managerial Class" (1977). Although the pair divorced in the late-1970s, John Ehrenreich and Barbara Ehrenreich continue to author occasional articles together, including an updating of their previous work on the professional managerial class, "Death of a Yuppie Dream: The Rise and Fall of the Professional Managerial Class" (2013), and "The Making of the American 99% (And the Collapse of the Middle Class" (2011).
John Ehrenreich has also published several other books, including The Humanitarian Companion: A Guide for International Aid, Development, and Human Rights Workers (2005); and Managing Stress in Humanitarian Workers (Ed., 2012), and The Cultural Crisis of Modern Medicine' (Ed., 1978). In addition to his books and journalistic writing, Ehrenreich has published numerous articles on social policy and psychology in scholarly and professional journals, including "Understanding PTSD: Forgetting Trauma"(2003), "Managing Stress in Humanitarian Aid Workers" (2004); "Women in prison: Approaches to understanding the lives of a forgotten population" (with S. McQuaide, 1998) and "Personality Theory: A Case of Intellectual and Social Isolation?" (1997).
An internationally known expert on psychosocial support for humanitarian workers, Ehrenreich has served as an expert consultant to NGOs in Bosnia, Turkey, Jordan, Sierra Leone, as well as in Europe and the United States. He is an International Associate of the Netherlands-based Antares Foundation.
John Ehrenreich has two children from his marriage to Barbara Ehrenreich: journalist, law professor, and national security expert Rosa Brooks and journalist and novelist Ben Ehrenreich. In 1987, he married social worker Sharon McQuaide, with whom he has one child, Alexander Ehrenreich. He currently lives in Sherman, Connecticut, where he has a private psychology practice.