Jeff Brown

Department of Popular Culture
250 Shatzel Hall | 419-372-2982 |

Jeffrey A. Brown is Professor in the Department of Popular Culture and the School of Critical and Cultural Studies at Bowling Green State University. Brown earned his doctorate in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. Prior to joing the faculty at BGSU in 1999, Dr. Brown worked at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and the McMichael Canadian Art Gallery. Dr. Brown is the author of over thirty scholarly articles about gender, ethnicity and sexuality in contemporary media, as well as eight books.

  • Gender
  • Film
  • Ethnography
  • Comic books
  • Genre
  • Television
  • Sports
  • PhD in Anthropology, University of Toronto
  • MA in Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University
  • BA in Anthropology, Carleton University


  • POPC 1600: Introduction to Popular Culture (large lecture)
  • POPC 3500: Action Movies
  • POPC 3500: Horror Movies
  • POPC 3500: Comedy Film 
  • POPC 3800: Comic Books
  • POPC 4600: Superhero Film and Television  


  • POPC 6800: Female Body and Feminist Film Theory
  • POPC 6800: Women in Action Movies 
  • POPC 6800: Spy Movies

Currently completing a book for the University of Texas Press entitled "Drawing Superheroes: Comic Book Illustration, Artistic Styles, and Narrative Affects." This book addresses the contribution of different artistic styles used in modern superhero comic books and how the art works in conjunction with the story to produce a specific affect in readers. In addition to a general discussion of the cultural economics of comic book art, specific chapters will address the styles of Idealism, Retro, Cute, Noir, Grotesque, and Realism.

  • Love, Sex, Gender, and Superheroes, Rutgers University Press, Rutgers: NJ (2022) 
  • Black Panthers, Hulks and Ironhearts: Marvel, Ethnicity and the 21st Century Superhero in Comics, Film and Television, Rutgers University Press, Rutgers: NJ (2021) 
  • Batman and the Multiplicity of Identity: The Contemporary Comic Book Superhero as Cultural Nexus (2019) Routledge Press, New York: NY 
  • The Modern Superhero in Film and Television, (2016) Routledge Press, New York: NY 
  • Beyond Bombshells: The New Action Heroines in Popular Culture, (2015) University of Mississippi Press, Jacksonville: MS 
  • Dangerous Curves: Action Heroines, Gender, Fetishism and Popular Culture. (2011) University of Mississippi Press, Jacksonville: MS 
  • Black Superheroes: Milestone Comics and Their Fans, (2001) University of Mississippi Press, Jacksonville: MS
  • (2017) “#wheresRey: Feminism, Protest and Merchandising Sexism in Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” in Feminist Media Studies. 
  • (2005) "Class and Feminine Excess: The Strange Case of Anna Nicole Smith," Feminist Review, No. 81, pp. 74-94 
  • (2002) "The Tortures of Mel Gibson: Masochism and the Sexy Male Body" in Men and Masculinities, Vol. 5, No. 2, Fall, pp.123-143

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