Charles Hatfield teaches comics, word/image studies, popular culture studies, children’s literature, SF, fantasy, transmedia adaptation, and more. His research focuses on comics. He co-founded and served as first President (2015-2018) of the Comics Studies Society (, the US's first professional association for comics scholars and teachers. He has also served on the boards of the MLA Forum for Comics and Graphic Narratives (2010-2014) and International Comic Arts Forum (1997-2009). CH 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 show of original art by the legendary Jack Kirby (2015). In 2014, CH won CSUN's Preeminent Scholarly Publications Award. He has published widely and given talks at many conferences. He co-edits the "Studies in Comics and Cartoons" series for the Ohio State University Press.

CH has designed and taught thirty-plus courses at CSUN since 2001. In 2005 he founded the GE course English 333: Comics and Graphic Novels; more recently, he helped design the English Department's Pop Culture Minor ( He is now designing a Comics Studies minor. See for CSUN comics news!

For more detail about CH's work, see his ORCID profile at: [.]

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

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