Ben Saunders, Department of English; Comic and Cartoon Studies

Ben Saunders
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. 



Recent Media:
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)