Jared Gardner

Jared Gardner

Jared Gardner

Joseph V. Denney Designated Professor of English and Director of Popular Culture Studies
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546 Denney Hall
164 Annie & John Glenn Ave
Columbus OH, 43210

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Areas of Expertise

  • Popular culture studies
  • Film studies and film history
  • Digital Cinema
  • American literature
  • Comics studies
  • Narrative theory
  • Medical humanities


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1994
  • B.A., Amherst College, 1987

Jared Gardner is Joseph V. Denney Designated Professor of English, specializing in American literature, comics, film and popular culture.  Gardner is the author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling; and The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture. Prof. Gardner also serves as director of the Popular Culture Studies program at Ohio State and is a frequent collaborator with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum. 

Selected Publications