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Leah Misemer, PhD


I am most recently from Madison, WI where I earned my PhD in English Literature from University of Wisconsin-Madison, but I grew up in the suburbs of Atlanta in a divided home (my mom went to UGA and my dad went to Tech). I am writing a book about how marginalized groups--such as women, LGBT folks, and people with disabilities--have used comics to form communities of solidarity, and yes, that means I research and teach comics. As a former student of cartoonist Lynda Barry, I believe strongly in drawing to think through ideas, a principle that guides the Research Drawing Jam workshop I teach for the Communication Center.  I fell in love with teaching as a peer tutor in the Writing Center at Washington University in St. Louis and have worked as a high school teacher in Compton, CA and Dekalb, GA. When I'm not traveling the world visiting various comics archives or reading comics from my rapidly growing collection, you can find me running, playing ultimate frisbee, or hanging out with my corgi dog and ginormous evil black cat. I also served as Assistant Director of the Communication Center in the 2018-19 academic year. Loves: sharks, dinosaurs, dragons, Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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