Lauren Chivington

Lauren Chivington (she/they) is an incoming PhD student to The Ohio State University’s English department, focusing on comics studies, new media, and pop culture. As an adjunct professor, Lauren instructs English composition to first-year college students of all ages. Lauren first fell in love with comics studies while writing their undergraduate thesis; she changed the topic to comics and never looked back. While attending The Ohio State University, Lauren wrote her undergraduate thesis on Holocaust narratives and the potential of the comics medium to mediate intergenerational trauma and educate future generations, published in the International Journal Of Comic Art in 2018. While attending the University of Chicago, Lauren wrote their master’s thesis (published in ImageTexT in 2021) under the guidance of W..J.T Mitchell on the empty speech balloon and the many ways it is both seen and overlooked, how it takes on a life of its own while determining the subjectivity around it, and how it epitomizes the comic medium even as it pulls on its seams. When they’re not in a classroom or at a library, you can catch Lauren somewhere with their partner and a good book.

Twitter – @LaurenChivingt1


The Ohio State University, 2018.

The University of Chicago, 2020.

The Ohio State University. In Progress.


Comics Studies Society CSS2021
“Graduate Student Caucus on Interdisciplinarity”


Signifying Silence: The Empty Speech Balloon. ImageTexT. 2021.

The Girl, the Man, and the Maus: Holocaust Narratives in Controversial Media. International Journal of Comic Art. 2018.