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Assistant Professor of Practice and Coordinator of Film Studies

James Lowell Brunton is a writer, artist, and scholar of film and media studies, critical theory, and LGBT studies. He is the author of a full-length experimental writing collection Opera on TV (The Operating System Press, 2019) and a poetry chapbook, The Future Is a Faint Song (co-authored with Russell Evatt), which won the 2012 Dream Horse Press Chapbook Competition. He is currently completing a graphic novel/memoir called From the Neck Up. James’ creative non-fiction and poetry appears in New SouthNinth LetterDenver QuarterlyCincinnati Review, and many other journals. Samples of his comics can be found on Instagram @fromtheneckupcomics and on James’ website: www.jameslowellbrunton.com 

In both his research and teaching, James is interested in exploring the relationship between politics and aesthetics. His current academic book project, Queers with Kids, is focused on the convergence of biopolitics and narratives of identity in American film and TV representations of LGBTQ parents. He is also the co-editor (with Dr. Kristi Carter) of a collection of essays and creative writing on transgender experience, forthcoming from Canadian Scholars and Women’s Press. His scholarship appears in Camera Obscura: Feminism, Culture, and Media StudiesQuarterly Review of Film and Video; and Journal of Modern Literature.


PhD, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Poetry writing, poetics, and critical theory

MFA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

MA, University of California-Irvine
Visual Studies

BA, Ohio University Honors Tutorial College
Political Science