Nick Sousanis

Assistant Professor of Humanities and Liberal Studies
San Francisco State University

Nick Sousanis is an Eisner-winning comics author and an assistant professor of Humanities and Liberal Studies at San Francisco State University, where he is starting a Comics Studies program. His award-winning book, Unflattening, published by Harvard University Press in 2015, argues for the importance of visual thinking in teaching and learning. He developed and taught courses on comics as powerful communication tools at Teachers College and Parsons in NYC, and “Comics as a Way of Thinking” at the University of Calgary in Fall of 2015. Earlier, he participated in Detroit’s thriving arts community, where he co-founded the arts and culture site and became the biographer of legendary Detroit artist Charles McGee.

Sousanis’ work has been featured with reviews and interviews in such places as The Paris Review, The New York Times, the LA Review of Books, PrintMag, Inside Higher Ed, The Chronicle of Higher EducationPublishers Weekly, Microsoft’s Daily Edventures, and Russia’s Theory & Practice for the new possibilities for scholarship that it represents. He has  been invited to speak on comics, education, and alternative scholarship at such places as the National Gallery of Art (DC), Stanford University, Harvard’s MetaLab, and Microsoft Research. Recent comics include "Against the Flow" and "Upwards" in The Boston Globe, "The Fragile Framework" for Nature in conjunction with the 2015 Paris Climate Accord co-authored with Rich Monastersky, and "A Life in Comics" for Columbia University Magazine, for which he received an Eisner Award for Best Short Story in 2018. He received his doctorate in education at Teachers College, Columbia University in 2014.



  • Frames of Thought

    This think piece employs a graphical format to argue against a traditional hierarchy in which words are more respected and valued in the world of knowledge than images.


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