Matthew H. Bowker, Ph.D.

Matthew Bowker

Dr. Matthew H. Bowker

Assistant Professor of the Practice in Political Science, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

(716) 880-2570

About Dr. Matthew H. Bowker:

Dr. Bowker ( joined the Medaille faculty in 2006 and teaches courses in Political Science (Political Psychology, Intro. to Political Science, Justice and Democracy in America), Philosophy (Critical Thinking, Ethics), Intercultural Communication, Thesis 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 series editor of Routledge’s book series, Psychoanalytic Political Theory, and author of several recent books, including: Critical Thinking as the Subject of Inquiry: Politics, Psychology, and Philosophy (forthcoming); A Dangerous Place to Be: Identity, Conflict, and Trauma in Higher Education (with David Levine, 2018); D.W. Winnicott and Political Theory: Recentering the Subject (with Amy Buzby, 2017); Ideologies of Experience: Trauma, Failure, Deprivation, and the Abandonment of the Self (2016); ; Rethinking the Politics of Absurdity: Albert Camus, Postmodernity, and the Survival of Innocence (2014); Escargotesque, or, What is Experience? (2015); Albert Camus and the Political Philosophy of the Absurd: Ambivalence, Resistance, and Creativity (2013); and Ostranenie: On Shame and Knowing (2012).

He has published numerous papers in edited volumes and in refereed journals, such as Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, Organisational and Social Dynamics, the Journal of Psycho-Social Studies, the Journal of Adolescence, Logos: A Journal of Modern Society and Culture, and Thought and Action: The NEA Higher Education Journal.

Dr. Bowker was recently named a Fulbright Specialist and will build a web-based Teaching Resource Center and host a series of faculty trainings and student workshops aimed at enhancing critical thinking in Singapore in 2018.

He was the 2014 recipient of the Medaille College “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.”

Before coming to Medaille, Dr. Bowker was Associate Director of the University of Maryland’s College Park Scholars Program in International Studies, a selective, specialized experiential learning program. For his current CV or more information, please see:

B.A. Columbia University
M.A., University of Maryland
Ph.D. University of Maryland

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