Matthew H. Bowker, Ph.D. (M.H. Bowker)
Medaille College, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, 18 Agassiz Circle Buffalo, NY 14221 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 Regional Editor (N. America) of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies, and as Founding Co-Editor of Routledge’s book series: Psychoanalytic Political Theory.
My published and forthcoming books are:
- Hikikomori and Severe Social Withdrawal in the Age of Connectivity: Psychoanalytic Perspectives [Working Title] (Ed., Phoenix Publishing House, 2021, Forthcoming)
- Critical Thinking: The Subject of Inquiry (Kendall Hunt, 2019, Forthcoming)
- The Destroyed World and the Guilty Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Politics (with D.P. Levine, Phoenix Publishing House, May 2019, Forthcoming)
- Misinterest: Essays, Pensées, and Dreams (Punctum Books, August 2019, Forthcoming)
- 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 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.
Before coming to Medaille, 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.
I currently serve as Founder and Curator of, and contributor to, the online, open-access, collaborative Art Gallery, “Images of Anxiety.”