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. She is at work on In Visible Archives of the 1980s: Feminist Politics & Queer Platforms, a book and digital project 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. She is now building a personal collection of comics in social movements for teaching and research. Her published work analyzes visual media culture within social movements, which you can read more about here.

Intersecting her interest in infrastructures of print culture, she devotes 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.

If you are interested in inviting Margaret to speak at your event, read more here.

Last updated October 2020.