Joshua K. (J. K.) Fowler is a full-time editor, part-time professor in the Sociology and Anthropology Department at Rutgers University in New Jersey, Founding Editor of the nomadic sojourns creative collective, A.B.D. doctoral candidate in Media and Communications at the European Graduate School in Switzerland, member of the PEN American Center and the Council of Literary Magazines and Presses, and writer and audio engineer with bases in Brooklyn, New York, and Oakland, California. He received his master’s from The New School in New York City, where he primarily focused his studies within anthropology, development, and the history of science, and received his bachelor’s in political science from the University of California, Davis, where he primarily focused his studies within political philosophy and history, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.
His current research moves through, and around, the topic of madness. The first of his three books utilizes Hamlet as a well-known cultural conduit through which to enter, and become immersed within, the topic of madness and branches out to psychologists such as Freud, psychoanalysts such as Lacan, poets such as Baudelaire, memoirs of the schizophrenic experience, and philosophers such as Foucault, Deleuze and Guattari, and Derrida, amongst many others. His doctoral committee is composed of Avital Ronell (advisor), Diane Davis (muse), and Victor J. Vitanza (muse).
He is an avid reader and writes religiously every day, some of which is scribbled on napkins and receipts, and most of which rarely sees the light of day. He also covers a number of cultural festivals and events around New York City, San Francisco, or wherever else he may happen to be, and often conducts audio interviews with philosophers, filmmakers, authors, economists, political activists, and artists on just about every topic one can imagine.