Dr. Matthew H. Bowker (mbowker@caa.columbia.edu) joined the faculty of Medaille College (Buffalo, NY) in 2006 and teaches interdisciplinary courses in Political Theory, Psychoanalysis, Philosophy, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Undergraduate Research, and Analytical Writing.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science (Political Theory) from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Bowker’s research combines political theory with psychoanalytic and literary approaches. He is the author of "The Destroyed World and the Guilty Self: A Psychoanalytic Study of Culture and Politics" (with D. Levine, Phoenix, 2019), "Misinterest: Essays, Pensées, and Dreams" (Punctum Books, 2019), "A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education" (with D. Levine, Routledge, 2018), "D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject" (with A. 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), and "Ostranenie: On Shame and Knowing" (Punctum Books, 2012).

His books have been reviewed in leading academic journals, such as "Contemporary Political Theory," "Perspectives on Politics," and "French Studies." He has published several dozen papers in refereed journals and edited volumes. He co-edits Routledge's "Psychoanalytic Political Theory" book series and is Editor (N. America) of the Journal of Psychosocial Studies.

Dr. Bowker is a recent (2018) Fulbright grant recipient, the 2014 recipient of the Medaille “Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scholarship Award,” and has 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 2018, 2017, 2015, 2012, and 2008, Dr. Bowker served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

Before coming to Medaille, he was Associate Director of the University of Maryland’s College Park Scholars Program in International Studies, a residential Honors College focused on experiential learning.

For more information, see also: https://matthewhbowker.com.
Education
B.A., Columbia University, Political Science, 1996
M.A., U. of Maryland, College Park, Political Science, 2005
Ph.D., U. of Maryland, College Park, Political Science, 2008
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Political Theory / Political Philosophy (Ancient, Modern, and Contemporary)
Psychosocial Studies
Psychoanalytic Theory
Political Psychology
Politics, Literature, and Film
Cultural Studies
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