Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program
College of Arts and Sciences
University at Buffalo, SUNY
Buffalo, NY 14260 USA
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I teach courses in Political Theory, Psychoanalytic Social Theory, Political Psychology, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Democratic Politics, Intercultural Communication, Undergraduate (Thesis) Research, and Analytical Writing.
For twenty years, I have designed, taught, managed, and assessed courses in interdisciplinary, core-curricular, and general-education environments.
I pursue an active research program both in my area of specialization — psychoanalytic political theory — and in pedagogy / the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL), with a particular emphasis on the facilitation of critical thinking.
My approach to psychoanalytic political theory may be fairly described as “ideology-critique,” which is to say that I am most interested in identifying the collective beliefs, assumptions, and fantasies that shape socio-political landscapes, and subjecting them to (what I hope to be) illuminating (and typically immanent) critique.
I serve in a number of editorial, advisory, and leadership capacities in my field(s): as Founding Editor of Routledge’s book series: Psychoanalytic Political Theory, as Editor (N. America) of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies, as Associate Editor of Psychoanalysis, Culture, and Society, and more.
My published and forthcoming books are:
- Hikikomori and Severe Social Withdrawal: Psychoanalytic Perspectives (Ed., Phoenix Publishing House, Forthcoming, 2022)
- ‘The Republic of False Selves’ and ‘What is Institutional Psychotherapy?’: Two Texts by Pierre Delion. Translated and Annotated by M.H. Bowker. Introduction by M.H. Bowker. (Phoenix Publishing House, Forthcoming, 2022)
- The Anguished and the Enchanted (Punctum Books, Forthcoming, 2021)
- Critical Thinking and the Subject of Inquiry: Capacities, Resilience, and Power – A Guide for Teachers, Learners, and Trainers (Kendall Hunt, 2019)
- The Destroyed World and the Guilty Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Politics (with D.P. Levine, Phoenix Publishing House, 2019)
- Misinterest: Essays, Pensées, and Dreams (Punctum Books, 2019)
- A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education (with D.P. Levine, Routledge, 2018)
- D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject (Eds., with Amy Buzby, Palgrave, 2017)
- Ideologies of Experience: Trauma, Failure, Deprivation, and the Abandonment of the Self (Routledge, 2016)
- Escargotesque, or, What is Experience? (Punctum Books, 2015)
- Rethinking the Politics of Absurdity: Albert Camus, Postmodernity, and the Survival of Innocence (Routledge, 2014)
- Albert Camus and the Political Philosophy of the Absurd: Ambivalence, Resistance, and Creativity (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013)
- Ostranenie: On Shame and Knowing (Punctum Books, 2012)
I have published about thirty-five papers in refereed journals — such as Organisational and Social Dynamics, Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture, the Journal of Psychosocial Studies, Free Associations, and Thought and Action: The NEA Higher Education Journal — and in several edited volumes.
I am a Fulbright Grant Recipient and, in May – June 2018, began the process of building a web/mobile-based Teaching Resource Center and hosted a series of faculty workshops, student seminars, train-the-trainer sessions aimed at enhancing, embedding, and assessing ‘twenty-first century’ learning skills and critical thinking in curricula and extra-curricular programs at the Singapore Institute of Management.
I am the 2014 recipient of the Medaille College “Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award” and have received multiple nominations as the Student Government Association’s “Professor of the Year” and TRiO’s Students’ Choice for “Outstanding Faculty Member.”
In the summers of 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2015, 2012, and 2008, I served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Singapore Institute of Management, where I taught courses in psychology, politics, and philosophy.
From 2003 to 2006, I served as Associate Director and Assistant Director of the International Studies Program at the University of Maryland’s nationally-acclaimed residential and experiential learning program, College Park Scholars.