Charles Hatfield teaches comics, image/text studies, pop culture, cultural studies, children’s and young adult literature, adaptation across media, and SF and fantasy. He co-founded and served as the first President (2015-2018) of the Comics Studies Society (, 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 leads the Comics@CSUN initiative. He is author of "Hand of Fire: The Comics Art of Jack Kirby" (2011) and "Alternative Comics" (2005), co-editor of "Comic Studies: A Guidebook" (2020) and "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 many 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 dozens of different courses. In 2005 he founded the popular GE course English 333: Comics and Graphic Novels; more recently, he helped design and launch the CSUN English Department's Pop Culture Minor (

  • Ph.D. 2000, University of Connecticut
  • M.A. 1991, University of Connecticut
  • B.A. 1988, University of California Santa Barbara

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