Nick Mitchell

TitleAssistant Professor
DivisionHumanities Division
DepartmentFeminist Studies Department,
Critical Race and Ethnic Studies
Web Site Disciplinary Matters: A Work Space
Office437 Humanities One
Office HoursSpring 2016: By Appointment
Campus Mail StopHumanities Academic Services
Nick Mitchell

Biography, Education and Training

I trained in critical theory, black radical thought, and feminist theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where I received a Ph.D. in History of Consciousness with an emphasis in Feminist Studies and served as a founding coordinator of the Black Cultural Studies Research Cluster and the Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Graduate Collective. My research and teaching explore the social arrangements of knowledge and the ways that knowledge and its institutional practices arrange social worlds.

Currently, I am at work on a book tentatively titled Disciplinary Matters: Black Studies, Women’s Studies, and the Neoliberal University, that places the institutional projects of black studies and women’s studies not at the margins but the heart of the consolidation of the post-Civil Rights U.S. university.  Examining the historical emergence of black studies and women’s studies as knowledge formations in their own right, and as sites to which the university has turned inorder to manage and negotiate the social upheavals consequent to the mass admission of black (and) women students in the late 1960s, Disciplinary Matters aims to rethink what it means—and where we turn—to approach the university itself as an object of knowledge.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty, 2016-2017

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship, UC Berkeley, Department of African American Studies, 2011-2013

Short-Term Research Fellowship, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, New York Public Library, 2012  

Selected Publications

“(Critical Ethnic Studies) Intellectual.” Critical Ethnic Studies 1.1 (Spring 2015): 86-94.

“Critical Theory, Queer Resistance, and the Ends of Capture” (with Liat Ben-Moshe, Che Gossett, and Eric A. Stanley). In Geoffrey Adelsberg and Lisa Guenther, eds. Death and Other Penalties: Continental Philosophers on Prisons and Capital Punishment (New York: Fordham University Press, 2015): 266-295.

“The Object of Object Lessons: Thoughts and Questions.” Feminist Formations 25.3 (Winter 2013): 178-87.    

Courses Taught

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies: An Introduction
Race, Gender, Power, Knowledge
Feminist/Ethnic Studies and the University
Marxism and Feminism
Feminist Theories