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Margaret Galvan - University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, US

Margaret Galvan

Assistant Professor | University of Florida

Gainesville, FL, UNITED STATES

Margaret Galvan is a scholar of contemporary visual culture interested in how images are used for purposes of social justice.


Margaret Galvan is an assistant professor of visual rhetoric in the Department of English at the University of Florida. Her archivally-informed research examines how visual culture operates within social movements and includes a first book, "In Visible Archives: Queer and Feminist Visual Culture in the 1980s," forthcoming this fall with the University of Minnesota Press. She is a scholar of contemporary visual culture interested in how images are used for purposes of social justice.

Areas of Expertise (19)

Women in Print Movement


Riot Grrrl

Grassroots Print Culture

Digital Humanities

Third-Wave Feminism

Grassroots and Queer Archives


Queer Art

Contemporary Visual Art

Women Artists


Digital Archives

Second-Wave Feminism

Queer Theory

Social Movements

LGBTQ Culture and Movements


1980s-1990s Self-Publishing Movements

Media Appearances (3)

Animating Queerness Through Representation

Trash Mag  online


Every time a show has a queer character or relationship it immediately gets put at the top of my watch list. Queer cartoons especially because they're always so wholesome and pure – it’s always a shame when live-action TV shows portray queer people in a worse light compared to cartoons. Over the past few years, queer representation has become more prominent in Hollywood and media in general.

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Excalibur #13: “The Marriage of True Minds”

Goshgollywow Podcast  radio


What do Gloria Anzaldúa, Donna Haraway, and Kitty Pryde have in common? Find out in this week’s discussion of Excalibur #13, “The Marriage of True Minds,” where Anna, Mav, and Andrew are graced by the intersectional insights of comics scholar & queer archives specialist Dr. Margaret Galvan!

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Comics Education in Conversation: Margaret Galvan

Penguin Random House Education  online


She is finishing a book, In Visible Archives of the 1980s, under contract with the University of Minnesota Press, which examines how publishing practices and archives have shaped understandings of the visual within feminist and queer activism. In 2021-22, she will be an External Faculty Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center researching her second book about how American LGBTQ cartoonists in the 80s-90s formed community through comics.

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Articles (3)

Finding Feminist Comics Histories in Grassroots Periodicals

American Periodicals

Margaret Galvan


This forum brings together six short essays that, in different ways, engage with the methodological and theoretical challenges and opportunities that are unique to the study of comics in periodical media. Focusing examples from different eras, genres, and types of publication, the contributions assembled here consider key concepts for the study of periodical comics, discuss the experimental aesthetics of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century graphic narratives, uncover forgotten subcultural histories of the art form...

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Of Anthologies and Activism: Building an LGBTQ+ Comics Community

The LGBTQ+ Comics Studies Reader

Margaret Galvan


Because local, grassroots periodicals were the publication spaces that fostered the development of LGBTQ cartoonists in 1970s-1990s America, many artists were disconnected from each other. My previous scholarship meditates on this separation and how cartoonists started to build networks of self-syndication that brought them into contact with other artists across the nation. Anthology series emerged as the method to knit together these artists.

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Around 1987: Don Melia and HIV/AIDS Comics ON AUGUST 30, 2021

Comic Velocity: HIV & AIDS in Comics

Margaret Galvan


In this essay, I recover the legacy and memory of British cartoonist Don Melia, who brought communities of artists together to advocate for LGBTQ people and those living with HIV/AIDS across his career, which notably included his creation of Matt Black (1986-1987) and his editing of Strip AIDS (1987), Heartbreak Hotel (1987-1988), and Buddies #1-2 (1991). My essay and the volume as a whole reprints some fairly rare American and British comics that deal with HIV/AIDS.

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