Comics and Cartoon Studies

Comics and Cartoon Studies takes a critical perspective on the art of comics, from editorial cartoons to comic books to graphic novels. Comics combine images with words in a unique way in order to communicate with and emotionally engage the viewer/reader, requiring analysis and experimentation with the interaction of both visual and linguistic systems of meaning.

See the Comic and Cartoon Studies Affiliated Faculty for a list of faculty from other departments.

Tara Fickle

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  • Title: Assistant Professor, English Department
  • Phone: 541-346-3979
  • Office: 372 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20: Not teaching this term; checking email intermittently
  • Website: Website

Mat Johnson

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-0547
  • Office: 207 Alder Bldg.
  • Office Hours: S20 Online 10am-12pm on Tuesday and by appointment

Heidi Kaufman

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, DH Minor
  • Phone: 541-346-3932
  • Office: 327 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 TUES/THUR 2-4

Kate Kelp-Stebbins

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3988
  • Office: 333 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 - TUES 11-2 via Canvas Chat; or Zoom
  • Website: Website

Brendan O'Kelly

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  • Title: Career Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-5935
  • Office: 206 PLC
  • Office Hours: Summer - Office hour meetings by appt; current students contact thru Canvas Inbox

Paul Peppis

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Oregon Humanities Center
  • Phone: 541-346-7017
  • Office: 154 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20: Email to make an appointment for an email, Canvas chat, or Zoom chat during normal office hours.

Forest Pyle

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3928
  • Office: 270 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 Phone-in/chat hours: ENG 395 TR 12-1:30; ENG 419/519 TR 4-5:30

Ben Saunders

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Comics and Cartoon Studies Minor
  • Phone: 541-346-0062
  • Office: 273 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20: R 2-5; email the week before to set up viritual appointment during office hours

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wheeler

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Disability Studies Minor
  • Phone: 541-346-3929
  • Office: 238 PLC
  • Office Hours: S20 MW 12-1:30
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The interaction between visual and textual meaning

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