Working with Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s papers in the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin (Photo by Alberto Gonzalez).

Margaret Galvan is Assistant Professor of visual rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of Florida. This year, 2021-2022, she is in residence at the Stanford Humanities Center as the Distinguished Junior External Fellow. In her research, she examines how visual culture operates within the print media of feminist and queer social movements of the 1970s-1990s, recovering cartoonists and communities of comics from these grassroots spaces. Visit these links to learn more about her writing and teaching.

She is completing In Visible Archives: Collective Action in Comics and Other Visual Cultures of the 1980s, a book under contract with the University of Minnesota Press‘s Manifold Scholarship Series. This project examines how publishing practices and archives have shaped understandings of the visual within feminist and queer activism. Her research spans over a dozen archives where she analyzes comics, captioned photographs, drawings, transparencies, advertisements, and other image-text media produced by women, including Gloria Anzaldúa, Alison Bechdel, Nan Goldin, Roberta Gregory, and Lee Marrs. She has received thirteen grants over eight years to fund this work, recently including the Global Fellow distinction, which allows her to explore the international angle of this and future research.

As the Distinguished Junior External Fellow (2021-2022) at the Stanford Humanities Center, she is researching her second book about how American LGBTQ cartoonists in the 1980s-90s formed community through comics. She is also a 2021-2023 Junior Fellow of the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography (SoFCB) at Rare Book School (RBS) and will use the advanced training provided through this fellowship to develop this project, as well. Concurrent with this research, she is building a personal collection of comics in social movements for teaching and research.

Intersecting her interest in infrastructures of print culture, she has devoted attention to the development of free and open-source academic platforms. She has done that work as a Coordinator of Education and Support for OpenCUNY (2010-2016), Senior Instructional Technology Fellow at Macaulay Honors College (2011-2017), and as part of the development team of the CUNY Academic Commons (2016-2017).

She received her PhD in English with a film studies certificate candidate at The Graduate Center, City University of New York where her completed dissertation was awarded the Monette Prize for the Best Dissertation in Lesbian/Gay Studies.

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Last updated March 2022.