Brittany Tullis, PhD

Associate Professor and Chair

Teaches courses for Women and Gender Studies, Spanish and Latinx Studies, and International Studies on Latin American literature, culture, comics, and gender studies.

Dr. Tullis' area of expertise is in Latin/x American comics, with a focus on graphic-narrative representations of women and girls within the medium.

Dr. Tullis also is the Interim Director of Women and Gender Studies.

Education and Training

  • PhD, MA, University of Iowa, Hispanic Literatures
  • BA, University of Iowa, English and Spanish

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

Tullis, Brittany (2018). "Transnationality and Textual Mestizaje in Love and Rockets." Comics Studies Here and Now! Ed. Frederick Aldama. London: Routledge, S. 252-266.

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).

¿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.

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

Service and Memberships

Professional Service:
Academic Director, International Comic Arts Forum
Second Vice President, Comics Studies Society
Co-Chair, 2018-19 College of Arts and Sciences Project Series

Current University Service:
Faculty Assembly Board of Studies
Baecke 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)

Invited Talks

2019 Towards a New Transamerican Artivism: Triangulating Narrative Strategies of Resistance in Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer. Sol-Con, Ohio State University, September 25.

2018 Art as Activism: Comics Testimony in Diary of a Reluctant Dreamer. Ohio Wesleyan University, September 27.

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.


Brittany Tullis

Spanish and Latinx Studies
Hayes 205
518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

Women and Gender Studies

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