These are just some of the persons who are making major contributions to the development of anime and manga studies as an academic field through authoring monographs, editing essay collections, and teaching classes on Japanese animation and Japanese comics at the college/university level.

Sandra Annett
Associate Professor, Film Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
Author of Anime Fan Communities: Transcultural Flows and Frictions (2014)

Jaqueline Berndt
Professor, Japanese Language and Culture
Stockholm University
Editor of Manga’s Cultural Crossroads (2013)

Christopher Bolton
Edward Dorr Griffin Professor of Comparative Literature
Williams College
Author of Interpreting Anime (2018)

Casey Brienza
Author of Manga in America: Transnational Book Publishing and the Domestication of Japanese Comics (2016)

Hiroko M. Chiba
Professor of Modern Languages (Japanese)
DePauw University
– “She also looks at robot making and its role in Japanese animation film and science fiction.”

Jonathan Clements
Author of:
Anime: A History, Second Edition (2023)
Anime: A History (2013)
Schoolgirl Milky Crisis: Adventures in the Anime and Manga Trade (2009)

Ian Condry

Professor, Comparative Media Studies / Writing
Author of The Soul of Anime: Collaborative Creativity and Japan’s Media Success Story (2013)

Northrop Davis
Professor, Media Arts
University of South Carolina
Author of Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood (2016

Rayna Denison
Professor in Film and Digital Arts
University of Bristol
Author of
Studio Ghibli: An Industrial History (2023)
Anime: A Critical Introduction (2015)

Daniel Dockery
Author of Monster Kids: How Pokémon Taught a Generation to Catch Them All (2022)

Edmond Ernest dit Alban
Associate Professor, Communication
Tulane University
– Research interests: Animation and anime studies

Eike Exner
Author of Comics and the Origins of Manga: A Revisionist History (2022)

Finley Freibert
Assistant Professor, Media Studies
Southern Illinois University
Author, Embedded niche overlap: A media industry history of yaoi anime’s American distribution from 1996 to 2009

Joshua Frydman
Assistant Professor, Japanese
The University of Oklahoma
– Teaching schedule: MLLL 3673 Anime: The World of Japanese Animation

Kathryn Hemmann
Lecturer, Japanese Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Author of Manga Cultures and the Female Gaze (2020)

Ann Ho
Ph.D. candidate, English
University of Pennsylvania
– Courses taught: Anime as Global Form

Andrea Horbinski
Author of:
Manga’s Global Century: A History of Japanese Comics, 1905-1989 (under contract)
– What you watch is what you are? Early anime and manga fandom in the United States
– Record of dying days: The alternate history of Ōoku

Katsuya Izumi
Lecturer in Language and Culture Studies
Trinity College
– Teaching: Japanese animated films and short stories

Amanda Kennell
Assistant Professor, East Asian Languages and Cultures
University of Notre Dame
Author of Alice in Japanese Wonderlands: Translation, Adaptation, Mediation (2023)

Koonyong Kim
Associate Professor, English
University of San Diego
“Some of his most recent courses include “Across the Global Pacific: Postmodern America and Digital Asia,” “Performing Globality in Asian/American Literature,” “New Storytelling: Learning from Cyborgs,” “Reading Food and Asian American Literature,” and “Animagination: Anime, Image, Nation.”

Faye Yuan Kleeman
Professor Emerita, Asian Languages and Civilizations
University of Colorado Boulder
– keywords: film and anime studies

Mikhail Koulikov
Author of:
– A field in formation – A citation analysis of Japanese popular culture studies
– Fighting the fan sub war: Conflicts between media rights holders and unauthorized creator/distributor networks

Thomas Lamarre
Gordon J Laing Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College
University of Chicago
Author of:
The Anime Ecology: A Genealogy of Television, Animation, and Game Media (2018)
The Anime Machine: A Media Theory of Animation (2009)

David Mai
Assistant Teaching Professor, Film & Media Studies
The University of Kansas
“…research interests include affect theory, feminist film and critical race theory, anime and manga studies, and horror studies.”

Yukiko Nishida Onitsuka
Lecturer of Japanese
Case Western Reserve University
– “I am also interested in manga studies and its use in language learning.”

Otilia Milutin
Associate Professor, Japanese Studies
Middlebury College
– She is currently finalizing her research on representations of sexual violence in Heian and Kamakura monogatari and conducting new research on contemporary adaptations of Japanese classics in manga, anime and film.

Carolyn A. Morley
Professor Emerita of Theatre Studies and Japanese
Wellesley College
– I teach classical Japanese language; Japanese theater in performance; the history of Japanese theater; pre-modern Japanese prose and poetry in translation; and Japanese animation.

Susan J. Napier
Goldthwaite Professor of Rhetoric, International Literary and Cultural Studies
Tufts University
Research/Areas of Interest: History and theory of animation Japanese animation (anime) and comics (manga) Modern Japanese literature Popular culture, especially science fiction and fantasy Contemporary constructions of gender and the body Technology and culture Fan culture Representations of trauma and loss

Author of:
Miyazakiworld: A Life in Art (2018)
From Impressionism to Anime: Japan as Fantasy and Fan Cult in the Mind of the West (2008)
Anime from Akira to Howl’s Moving Castle: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation (2005)
Anime from Akira to Princess Mononoke: Experiencing Contemporary Japanese Animation (2001)

Mimi Okabe
Assistant Teaching Professor, Japanese Cultural Studies
University at Buffalo (State University of New York)
Author of Manga, Murder and Mystery: The Boy Detectives of Japan’s Lost Generation (2023)

Aurélie Petit
PhD candidate, Film Studies
Concordia University
Author, “Do female anime fans exist?”: The impact of women-exclusionary discourses on rec.arts.anime.

Paul Roquet
Associate Professor, Media Studies and Japan Studies
Author of The Immersive Enclosure: Virtual Reality in Japan (2022)

Lien Fan Shen
Professor, Film & Media Arts
The University of Utah
Research keywords: Japanese anime, Animation theory, Animation production, Digital Media
– Traversing otaku fantasy: Representation of the otaku subject, gaze and fantasy in Otaku no Video
– The hysterical subject of shojo: The dark, twisted heroines in Revolutionary Girl Utena and Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Christina M. Spiker
Assistant Professor of Art and Art History
St. Olaf College
“I teach a wide range of courses from surveys in Global and Asian Art to specialized topics such as Japanese Woodblock Prints, The History of Photography, and Global Japan: Art, Anime, & Visual Culture.”

Frederik L. Schodt
Author of:
Dreamland Japan: Writings on Modern Manga (2011, 1996)
Manga! Manga!: The World of Japanese Comics (1983)

Marc Steinberg
Professor, Film Studies
Concordia University
Author of Anime’s Media Mix: Franchising Toys and Characters in Japan (2012)

Jolyon Baraka Thomas
Associate Professor, Religious Studies
University of Pennsylvania
Author of Drawing on Tradition: Manga, Anime, and Religion in Contemporary Japan (2012)

Michael J. Toole
Teaching Assistant Professor of Japanese
University of Denver
– Areas of research: manga studies

Amanda Weiss
Associate Professor of Japanese
Georgia Tech
– She is currently completing a textbook on learning Japanese through Anime Studies with co-authors Aya McDaniel and Yuko Ogawa.