Mitchell Atkinson III

Lecturer of Writing Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: BA Birkbeck College, University of London; MA Lancaster University; PhD Polish Academy of Sciences

Research Areas: Social Theory; Phenomenology; Power; Alterity


Mitchell Atkinson III teaches writing and social theory. He was born in Flint, MI, USA. His research interests include alterity, phenomenology, power relations, musical experience, trans and posthumanism, ethics, African-American studies, critical theory, and expectation. His work reflects an overarching desire to explore various disciplinary approaches; his method foregrounds lived experience. His education has spanned US, UK, and Polish institutional contexts.

Atkinson teaches the construction of academic and philosophical texts at the undergraduate and graduate levels, helping young researchers read across discursive divisions. He is an instructor and organizer for the gPHEN genetic phenomenology network, and he works periodically with the Husserl Archive. He also has several years of experience tutoring language learners, especially young people writing in their second language.

In his work, Alterity and the Flint Water Crisis, Atkinson returned to his home city to understand the lived experience of the residents of Flint and the ways in which the crisis has informed their expectations for the future. This required a new analysis of the phenomenology of social invisibility as partially constituting the contemporary exercise of power.

Atkinson is also a writer of fiction and a moderately skilled manipulator of the electric fretted bass guitar.

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