Charles Hatfield teaches popular culture, children’s literature, SF and fantasy, and, most especially, comics. He co-founded and served as the first President (2015-2018) of the Comics Studies Society (http://comicssociety.org), the US's first professional association for comics scholars and teachers. In addition, he has served on the boards of the MLA Forum for Comics and Graphic Narratives (2010-2014) and the International Comic Arts Forum (1997-2009). He now heads the Comics@CSUN initiative. He is author of "Hand of Fire: The Comic Art of Jack Kirby" (2011) and "Alternative Comics" (2005), co-editor of "The Superhero Reader" (2013) and curator of the CSUN exhibition "Comic Book Apocalypse," the US's largest-ever exhibition of original art by comics legend Jack Kirby (2015). In 2014, Hatfield won CSUN's Preeminent Scholarly Publications Award. His essays on comics have been published in diverse books and journals, and he has given talks on comics at numerous conferences. He now co-edits the "Studies in Comics and Cartoons" series for the Ohio State University Press. Hatfield came to CSUN in 2001 and has since designed and taught roughly thirty different syllabi; in 2005 he founded the popular GE course English 333: Comics and Graphic Novels.
Ph.D. 2000, University of Connecticut
M.A. 1991, University of Connecticut
B.A. 1988, University of California Santa Barbara