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Jonathan Fast
BornApril 13, 1948
New York City
Occupationauthor, teacher
Alma materPrinceton University, Columbia University, Yeshiva University
Erica Jong
(m. 1977; div. 1982)

Barbara Fast
ChildrenMolly Jong-Fast, 2 sons
RelativesHoward Fast (father)

Jonathan Fast (born April 13, 1948) is an American author and social work teacher.

Life and career[edit]

Fast was born in New York City. He attended Princeton University, and earned graduate degrees at Columbia University and Yeshiva University. He has a daughter, Molly Jong-Fast, from his first marriage to author Erica Jong,[1] and two sons from his marriage to Barbara Fast, a Unitarian minister.

Fast's nonfiction book, Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings (2008), analyzes the five school shootings from a psychological perspective: Cleveland Elementary School shooting (San Diego), the Columbine High School shooting, the shootings at Simon's Rock College, the Bethel Regional High School shooting, and the Pearl High School shooting.[2]

As of 2017, Fast is an associate professor of social work at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.[3]

His father, Howard Fast (1914–2003), was the author of many best-selling novels, including Spartacus (1951), which became the basis for the 1960 film of the same name.


  • Science fiction
    • The Secrets of Synchronicity (1977)
    • Mortal Gods (1978)
    • The Inner Circle (1979)
    • "Prisoner of the Planets" (1980)
    • The Beast (1981)
  • Other fiction
    • The Golden Fire (1986)
    • The Jade Stalk (1988)
    • Stolen Time (1990)
  • Adaptations
    • Newsies (1992)
  • Non-fiction
    • Ceremonial Violence: a psychological explanation of school shootings (2008). ISBN 1-59-020047-0
    • Beyond bullying : breaking the cycle of shame, bullying, and violence (2015). ISBN 0-19-938364-2


  1. ^ Jong-Fast, Molly. "My Mother's Daughter". New York Review of Books. Retrieved 26 February 2019.
  2. ^ Jonathan Fast (4 September 2008). Ceremonial Violence: A Psychological Explanation of School Shootings (First ed.). The Overlook Press. ISBN 9781590200476. Retrieved 1 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Wurzweiler Professor Jonathan Fast on Bullying and Shame | Wurzweiler School of Social Work". Archived from the original on 22 February 2017.

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