Several members of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies are based at the University of Dundee, including the Directorate, although there are many other members from across Scotland.

Professor Chris Murray
Director, Scottish Centre for Comics Studies


Chris is Chair of Comics Studies and Associate Dean for Knowledge Exchange and Partnerships at the School of Humanities, University of Dundee. He is Director of the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies and Dundee Comics Creative Space. He teaches several undergraduate courses on comics and the Comics & Graphic Novels MLitt/MDes. He also supervises several PhD students undertaking research on comics. His research focuses on British and American Comics. He has published on various aspects of comics, including:

  • the British superhero;
  • the relationship between American superhero comics, popular culture and propaganda during World War Two;
  • the comics of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison;
  • horror comics;
  • independent/small press comics (mini-comics);
  • British comics, specifically DC Thomson.

Murray co-edits Studies in Comics, a peer-reviewed academic journal and is co-organiser of the International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. He also works on Public Information Comics, and has authored several comics for research projects and public engagement purposes. He is Secretary of the Scottish Word and Image Group, and co-editor of UniVerse Publications titles such as Anthology and Tales of the UniVerse, which publish work by comics students.  He is also on the Steering Committee of the Centre for Scottish Culture: 


Dr Golnar Nabizadeh


Golnar is a Lecturer in Comics Studies at the University of Dundee. Her research focuses on comics and visual studies and particularly on representations of trauma, migration, and memory in these fields. Golnar received her PhD in English and Cultural Studies from The University of Western Australia, and has a monograph with Routledge entitled Representation and Memory in Graphic Novels (2019).


Phillip Vaughan
Art Director, Scottish Centre for Comics Studies


Phillip is a Senior Lecturer at DJCAD. He is the Course Director for DJCAD’s MDes Comics & Graphic Novels and MSc Animation & Visualisation programmes, and is the creator and coordinator of the Level 3 Comic Art & Graphic Novels module.

Phillip has over 22 years’ experience in CG working as a 3D Animator and FMV Cutscene Producer. Phillip has worked on high profile licenses such as Braveheart, Star Trek, Deathtrap Dungeon, Urban Chaos, Tom and Jerry, Teletubbies, and Wallace & Gromit, subsequently working as a cut-scene producer for Farscape™, a Jim Henson production. He also worked on Brave™ and the highly successful State of Emergency™ franchise.

Phillip has also worked as a freelance animator and comics creator. He realised a lifelong ambition and worked with the creators of Judge Dredd on a video game project for Digital Animations. Most recently he completed all of the animation and front-end work on Superman for DC Comics/Warner Bros, a No.1 selling App on iOS.

Matthew Jarron
Curator, Scottish Centre for Comic Studies


Matthew is Curator of the University of Dundee Museum Collections, which include fine art, science, natural history and medical history as well as the collection of original comics artwork acquired by the SCCS.
Born and schooled in Edinburgh, Matthew spent a substantial part of his formative years purchasing comics from the old Science Fiction Bookshop, before studying at the Universities of York and St Andrews. He joined the University of Dundee in 2001 and has since curated well over 100 exhibitions including several collaborations with SCCS.
He is the author or editor of several publications including David Foggie: the Painters’ Painter (2004), The Artist & the Thinker: John Duncan & Patrick Geddes in Dundee (2004), D’Arcy Thompson and his Zoology Museum in Dundee (2010, co-authored with Cathy Caudwell) and A Glimpse of a Great Vision: the D’Arcy Thompson Zoology Museum Art Fund Collection (2014). He has also edited or co-edited issues of the Journal of the Scottish Society for Art History, Museum Management & Curatorship and Interdisciplinary Science Reviews.
A former Chair of the Scottish Society for Art History, Matthew is currently Chair of the Tayside Museums Forum, Secretary of the Abertay Historical Society and web editor of University Museums in Scotland.

Dr Brian Hoyle


Dr Brian Hoyle is a lecturer in Films Studies at the University of Dundee. He teaches on the Comics and Film module, and is involved in various other Comics modules. His research interests include Film Adaptation, film-makers such as John Boorman, Ken Russell, John Huston, and Fred Zinneman. He has written on The Road to Perdition in The International Journal of Comic Art.

Dr Damon Herd

Damon Herd SCCS

Damon Herd is lecturer in Communication Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design. His research area is life narratives told in the comics medium, with a particular interest in British comics, and the games authors play with truth. He has been published in Studies in Comics, and on The Comics Grid, and is a regular contributor to comics blog Graphixia. He produces his own comics including The Adventures of Ticking Boy, and is also the organiser of DeeCAP, a comics performance event based in Dundee.​

Associated Comics Creators

Several professional comics creators are associated with the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies, regularly giving talks and workshops as part of the Centre’s activities and in support of the Comics Studies courses at the University of Dundee. They include Cam Kennedy, Monty Nero, Dan McDaid, Tanya Roberts, James Devlin, Colin MacNeil, David Bishop, Robbie Morrison, and Rossi Gifford.

2 thoughts on “Staff

  1. Dear Sir, Madam,

    I am developing a children’s war museum to present children’s experience of war through their own voices and creativity.
    Nihad Al Turk is a Syrian refugee artist living with his family in Edinburgh. We would like to create a comic book that will tell the stories of the child refugees who have come to live in Scotland. The Scottish Refugee Council are important partners on the project. I am completing an application for the Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s access and participation programme. I have to prepare a budget for the project. I hoped that you could put me in touch with someone who could provide a quote on the costs of designing and publishing a comic book. We would like to distribute the comic through schools, colleges and religious centres in Scotland. Please do let me know if you can think of anyone who may be interested in supporting the comic.
    With thanks,

    Brian Devlin

    1. Hi Brian,

      Thanks for getting in touch, your project sounds really interesting and I think we would be able to help you out with a quote for the comic and give you further information on the developing process. I have contacted my tutor (Professor Chris Murray) about your work and forwarded on your message to him. He will be happy to point you in the right direction. His email is if you’d like to get in touch with him.
      Best of luck in the project and hope we can help out.
      Thanks again for getting in touch.


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