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Brittany Tullis

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Assistant Professor

Modern Languages and Cultures
Women and Gender Studies

Main Campus
McMullen Hall, 121
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803


Teaches courses in Modern Languages (Spanish), Women and Gender Studies, and International Studies on Latin American literature, culture, comics, and gender studies, as well as a number of Spanish language courses. Brittany's area of expertise is in Latin/x American comics, with a focus on graphic-narrative representations of women and girls within the medium.

Education and Training

PhD, MA, University of Iowa
Hispanic Literatures

BA, University of Iowa
English and Spanish

Courses Taught

Latin/x American Comics
Comics in the Hispanic World
Hispanic Comics in Translation
International Feminist Comics
Latin American Women Writers
U.S. Latina Literature and Culture
Writing in Spanish
Advanced Spanish Grammar
First Semester Spanish
Intermediate Spanish
New Student Seminar

Areas of Professional Interest

Latin/x American and Hispanic comics
International feminist comics
Representations of gender and sexuality in the Americas
Graphic narrative testimony
Contemporary Latin/x American literature and culture
US Latinx/Chicanx literature and culture

Recent Publications

"Transnationality and Textual Mestizaje in Love and Rockets." Comics Studies Here and Now! Ed. Frederick Aldama. Publisher TBD. Forthcoming, 2018.

Heimermann, Mark and Brittany Tullis, Eds. Picturing Childhood: Youth in Transnational Comics. Austin: University of Texas Press. (March 2017). Print.

"Bridging Comics Studies and Childhood Studies." Co-authored with Mark Heimermann. Picturing Childhood: Youth in Transnational Comics. Eds. Mark Heimermann and Brittany Tullis. Austin: University of Texas Press, March 2017.

Out of the Mouths of Babes: Mafalda's Interrogation of the Argentine Angel in the House. Picturing Childhood: Youth in Transnational Comics. Eds. Mark Heimermann and Brittany Tullis. Austin: University of Texas Press. Forthcoming (March 2017).

"Los Bros. Hernandez' Love and Rockets: Forging Feminist Pathways in Alternative Latino/a Comics." Mind the Gap: Latino Comics Books Past, Present, and Future. Eds. Frederick Luis Aldama and Christopher González. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2014. Forthcoming. Print.

¿Chica moderna o mujer tradicional? Intersections of Modernity and Tradition in Gabriel Vargas' La Familia Burrón. International Journal of Comic Art 16, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 48-73.

Paco Roca's Arrugas, Miguel Ángel Gallardo's María y yo, and the Impact of Social Comics in Contemporary Spain. International Journal of Comic Art 14, no. 2 (Fall 2012): 77-89.  

The Sequential Art of Memory: The Testimonial Struggle of Comics in Spain." Co-authored with Ana Merino. Memory and Its Discontents: Spanish Culture in the Early Twenty-First Century. Ed. Luis Martin- Estudillo and Nicholas Spadaccini. Hispanic Issues On Line 11 (Fall 2012): 211-225.

Invited Talks

2017 El cómic feminista latinoamericano. Viñetas del fin del mundo (interview series hosted by Carlos Reyes). Santiago, Chile, August 21.

2017 Conversando con Brittany Tullis. La Polola: el podcast de cómic femenino de Sol Díaz y Maliki 4 Ojos (episodio 50). Galería PLOP. Santiago, Chile, August 20.

2017 La mujer en el cómic latin(x)americano: De la representación a la autoría. Pontifical Catholic University of Chile. Santiago, Chile, August 16.

2015 Comics in the Hispanic World. World Affairs Council of the Quad Cities Lecture Series, Bettendorf, Iowa, January 27.

Service and Memberships

Professional Service:
Academic Director, International Comic Arts Forum

Current University Service:
Faculty Assembly Board of Studies
Back Endowment for the Humanities
Global Engagement Committee
Fulbright Student Award Committee

Professional Memberships:
Comics Studies Society (CSS)
Modern Language Association (MLA)
Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
Popular Culture Association (PCA)