Assistant Professor of Practice, English; Coordinator, Film Studies Profile Image
Assistant Professor of Practice, English; Coordinator, Film Studies Department of English

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: 

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


Ph.D., University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • Poetry writing, poetics, and critical theory

M.F.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Poetry

M.A., University of California-Irvine

  • Visual Studies

B.A., Ohio University Honors Tutorial College

  • Political Science
  • Certificate in Women's Studies