Matthew Bower

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Editorial Communications Manager

Matthew S. Bower holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Texas and an M.A. in philosophy from the University of Toledo. His specialization is in critical theory, visual culture, and Continental philosophy with a research focus on environmental imagination in histories of urban and technological modernity. He is particularly interested in the cultural production and representation of climate mitigation, adaptation, and catastrophe. He currently works in the Communications Office of The Cooper Union and serves on the Second Faculty of the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.