From SDSU Newscenter:
San Diego State University has created a permanent home for academic excellence and research in the study of comics.
The Center for Comics Studies was co-founded by the scholars who developed the Comics Working Group, a group of cross-disciplinary faculty interested in teaching through comics, and later the Comics@SDSU initiative in 2019.Beth Pollard, professor of history, and Pamela Jackson, pop culture librarian and comic arts curator, co-lead the center. The University Library will serve as a founding partner, and the center will be housed in the College of Arts and Letters.
Pollard and Jackson’s work to expand the study of comics at SDSU includes the receipt of nearly $300,000 in grant funding to date from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
“IMLS National Leadership Grants promote new models of library service and support powerful partnerships across cultural heritage organizations,” said Scott Walter, SDSU Library dean.
“Working together, libraries, archives, and museums have an enormous impact on community-centered teaching, learning, and scholarship,” Walter said. ”The connections our Comics@SDSU faculty have made across the educator, creator, and fan communities make San Diego and SDSU the perfect place for a Center for Comics Studies that will set the stage for national and international discussions of the role of comics, graphic novels, and other works in lifelong learning and scholarship in this fast-growing field.”