Ernie Kurtz is a Ph.D. recipient. Harvard University awarded him a Ph.D. in American Culture History in 1978. His PhD dissertation, Not-God: A History of Alcoholics Anonymous, was published as a book. He's also written The Spirituality of Imperfection and the booklet Shame and Guilt: Features of the Dependence Cycle since then. He has also lectured nationally and internationally on matters linked to the academic study of spirituality and has published a number of papers, both scholarly and popular, on topics relating to his interests.
Several of his articles were collected in the book The Collected Ernie Kurtz, released in 1999. At the University of Georgia and Loyola University of Chicago, Dr. Kurtz taught American history and the history of religion in America. He was a lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Management from 1987 to 1997 and on the faculty of the Rutgers University Summer School of Alcohol Studies from 1978 to 1997. Ernie retired to Ann Arbor, Michigan, and began taking classes at the University of Michigan's School of Information after a brief term as Director of Research and Education at Guest House, then an alcoholism treatment clinic for Catholic clergy.
He continued to give talks until late 1997, when a botched medical procedure forced him to have spinal surgery, which only partially returned his ability to stand and walk. Ernie spent his remaining time to the nuances and possibilities of electronic study in this sector, remarking since it is amusing that I now walk like a drunk. Ernie died in January of 2015.