Jared Gardner

Jared Gardner

Jared Gardner

Professor, Department of English; Director, Humanities Institute;


Areas of Expertise

  • Popular Culture Studies
  • American Literature to 1900
  • Film Studies
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Twentieth-Century British and American Literature


  • Ph.D. John Hopkins University

Professor in the Department of English & the Film Studies Program, specializing in American literature, film, and popular culture. Author of Master Plots: Race and the Founding of an American Literature, 1787-1845 (Johns Hopkins UP, 1998); Projections: Comics and the History of 21st-century Storytelling(Stanford UP, 2011); and The Rise and Fall of Early American Magazine Culture (Illinois UP, 2012). Other writings can be found at jaredgardner.org. He also serves as director of the Popular Culture Studies program at OSU.