Jonathan W.
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PhD  The Graduate School and University Center, CUNY

MA  Fordham University 

BA  Howard University


Jonathan W. Gray is Associate Professor of English at John Jay College-CUNY and the CUNY Graduate Center. He is the author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination (University Press of Mississippi) and is currently working on the book project Illustrating the Race: Representing Blackness in American Comics which traces depictions of African Americans in comics from 1966 to the present by investigating how the twin notions of illustration--the creative act of depiction and the political act of bringing forth for public consideration--function in these texts. Prof. Gray co-edited the essay collection Disability in Comics and Graphic Novels for Palgrave McMillian and formerly served as the founding editor of the Journal of Comics and Culture (Pace). Prof. Gray's journalism on popular culture has appeared in The New Republic, Entertainment Weekly, Medium, and


Scholarly Work

Selected Publications


“7.1 Bayou.” Black One Shot. Michael B. Gillespie and Lisa Uddin, eds. ASAP/JAugust 27, 2018.


“Black Panther and Cold War Colonialisms in the Marvel Universe.” Black PerspectivesBlog, African American Intellectual History Society, University of Pittsburgh. March 17, 2018.


co-editor, Disability in Comic Books and Graphic Novels. Palgrave MacMillan, February, 2016.


Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination: Innocence By Association. The University Press of Mississippi. 2013.