Ben Saunders, Department of English; Comic and Cartoon Studies

Ben Saunders

ben@uoregon.edu
Academic Areas:
Comic Studies, Pop Culture, English Literature

Ben Saunders is an expert in comic and cartoon studies, pop culture and English literature. At the University of Oregon, he is a professor of English. He co-founded and directs the minor in Comic and Cartoon Studies (the first undergraduate minor of its kind in the country). Ben is in constant demand as a speaker at comics conventions and has lectured on everything from contemporary literary theory to the history of pornography to 1950s rock and roll. 

Contact: ben@uoregon.edu | 541-346-9134

Websites:
http://english.uoregon.edu/profile/ben
http://comics.uoregon.edu/

Recent Media:
Fans find superheroes relevant in US political, social debate (Voice of America, July 25, 2018)
Marvel’s heroic comic and film history revealed in first look inside super-sized new MoPOP exhibit (GeekWire, April 19, 2018)
MoPOP’s ‘MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes’ is super fun for comics nerds and novices alike (Seattle Times, April 18, 2018)
Prepare to geek out at the new MARVEL exhibit at MoPop (KING 5, April 18, 2018)
Marvel Announces Giant Immersive Exhibit Launching This Spring (Forbes, Nov. 14, 2017)
Comics U (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Oregon Art Beat, March 30, 2017)
Too Many Words: 15 fantastic books to help you learn about comics (blastr, May 12, 2016)
Raising Eyebrows (Eugene Weekly, May 12, 2016)
Steve Duin: The enduring art of EC Comics (The Oregonian, April 20, 2016)
Superman kicked aside for darker superheroes (Deseret News, Oct. 3, 2015)
Comic-Con: pop culture party goes global (The San Diego Union-Tribune, July 4, 2015)
Holy scholarship! (Cascade Magazine, Winter 2015)
The real problem with Superman’s new writer isn’t bigotry, it’s fascism (The Atlantic, Feb. 19, 2013)
VIDEO: The birth of the superhero (University of Oregon, Jan. 23, 2013)
Superheroes on display at UO comics exhibit (The Oregonian, Oct. 19, 2009)