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Comic 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 website for faculty from other departments.


Tara Fickle

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3979
  • Office: 372 PLC
  • Office Hours: Checking email intermittently (Fellowship fall term)
  • Affiliated Departments: Asian Studies, Ethnic Studies
  • Interests: Asian/Asian American Literature, Digital Humanities, Game Studies, Graphic Fiction & Comics
  • Website: Website

Andréa Gilroy

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  • Title: Pro Tempore Instructor
  • Additional Title: Interim Director of Comic Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-0934
  • Office: 215 Villard Hall
  • Office Hours: Summer term: M-R 2-3, 1st session 6/26-7/21 skype, andigilroy
  • Affiliated Departments: Comparative Literature Department
  • Interests: Comics Studies; Narrative theory and Genre theory; 20th-century American Literature and Popular Culture; 20th-century Japanese Literature and Popular Culture; Magical Realism, the Latin American Boom, and its descendants

Heidi Kaufman

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3932
  • Office: 365 PLC
  • Office Hours: W 12:30-2:30
  • Affiliated Departments: Judaic Studies Program

Priscilla Peña Ovalle

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Associate Director, Cinema Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-0060
  • Office: 266 PLC
  • Office Hours: T 2:00-4:00
  • Affiliated Departments: Cinema Studies Program, Ethnic Studies
  • Interests: media studies, race/ethnicity, dance, mainstream popular culture, media hairstyles, and more...

Paul Peppis

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Oregon Humanities Center
  • Phone: 541-346-7017
  • Office: 154 PLC
  • Office Hours: W 12:00-3:00

Forest Pyle

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Ben Saunders

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-0062
  • Office: 366 PLC
  • Office Hours: M 3:00-5:00, W 11:30-12:30

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wheeler

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3929
  • Office: 238 PLC
  • Office Hours: Available by appointment
  • Affiliated Departments: Environmental Studies
  • Interests: Disability Studies, Comics, Young Adult and Children's Literature