Biography

A scholar and theorist of media, visual art and literature, WJ Thomas Mitchell is associated with the emergent fields of visual culture and iconology and works on the relations of visual and verbal representations in the context of social and political issues. He is editor of the interdisciplinary journal Critical Inquiry, which, under his editorship, has published special issues on public art, psychoanalysis, pluralism, feminism, the sociology of literature, canons, race and identity, narrative, the politics of interpretation, postcolonial theory, among other topics. His recent publications include Occupy: Three Inquiries in Disobedience, co-authored with Michael Taussig and Bernard Harcourt (2013), Seeing Through Race (2012), Cloning Terror: The War of Images, September 11 to Abu Ghraib (2011), Critical Terms in Media Studies, co-authored with Mark Hansen (2010) and What Do Pictures Want? (2005). He is currently working on a new book, Seeing Madness: Insanity Media, and Visual Culture. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Modern Language Association's 2006 James Russell Lowell Prize in Language and Literature, the University of Chicago’s Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching (2003), the Guggenheim Fellowship, the Morey Prize in art history given by the College Art Association of America (1996) and was a research fellow at the Clark Institute for Art History (2008).