UMass Sesquicentennial

Mitch's goal as a teacher is to create a supportive, yet challenging learning environment. 


Mitch work has been published in numerous journals, including Composition Studies and New Directions in Teaching and Learning, as well as in the recent anthology Performing American Masculinities: The 21st-Century Man in Popular Culture (Ed. Elwood Watson & Marc E. Shaw, Indiana UP, 2010). He's currently working on a book, entitled “You Look Very Authentic”: Transgender Representation and the Politics of the ‘Real’ in Contemporary United States Culture.  


draws inspiration from

The academy is not paradise. But learning is a place where paradise can be created. The classroom with all its limitations remains a location of possibility. In that field of possibility we have the opportunity to labor for freedom, to demand of ourselves and our comrades, an openness of mind and heart that allows us to face reality even as we collectively imagine ways to move beyond boundaries, to transgress. This is education as the practice of freedom.

- bell hooks