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Murray, Chris


  • Professor & Personal Chair of Comics Studies, English
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Professor Christopher Murray 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.
Murray co-edits Studies in Comics, a peer-reviewed academic journal and is co-organiser of the International Graphic Novel and Comics Conference. He researches British Comics, superhero comics, horror comics, and is particularly interested in the work of writers Grant Morrison and Alan Moore.
Murray also works on Public Information Comics, and has authored several comics for research projects and public engagement purposes.



Comics and Graphic Novels



Comics Studies

Film Studies



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Projects 2015 2020

Research Output 2000 2018

126 Downloads (Pure)

Close to the Heart

Sinclair, M., Murray, C. (ed.), Jindal-Snape, D. (ed.), Horner, R. (ed.), Briggs, K. E., Welsh, G., Coughlan, A., Charlton, D., Strachan, A., Larkin, A., Vaughan, P. (ed.), Laird, C., Nero, M., Wilson, L. & Balson, E., 21 Nov 2018, University of Dundee. 65 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access

Impact of arts participation on children’s achievement: A systematic literature review

Jindal-Snape, D., Davies, D., Scott, R., Robb, A., Murray, C. & Harkins, C., Sep 2018, In : Thinking Skills and Creativity. 29, p. 59-70 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

academic achievement
art education
public investment
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Let's Talk About Suicide

King, G. (ed.), Murray, C. (ed.), Jindal-Snape, D. (ed.), Nabizadeh, G. (ed.), Vaughan, P. (ed.) & Sinclair, M. (ed.), 9 Oct 2018, University of Dundee. 24 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
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Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: The Dundee Edition

Shelley, M., Cook, D. (ed.), Morris, J., Kay, B., Murray, C. & Vaughan, P., 2018, 208 p.

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Open Access
Mary Shelley

Reading Words and Images: Factors Influencing Eye Movements in Comic Reading

Vaughan, P., Murray, C., Kirtley, C. & Tatler, B., 1 May 2018, Empirical Comics Research: Digital, Multimodal and Cognitive Methods. Dunst, A., Laubrock, J. & Wildfeuer, J. (eds.). 1 ed. New York: Routledge, p. 264-283 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Word Reading
Eye Movements
Real World
Attention Capture

Activities 2011 2019

  • 1 Festival/Exhibition
  • 1 Other
  • 1 Public engagement and outreach - media article or participation
  • 1 Schools engagement

House of Commons, UK Parliament, Early Day Motions: Fibromyalgia and Us comic

Divya Jindal-Snape (Contributor), Chris Murray (Member)
4 Mar 2019

Activity: Other activity typesOther

Launch of Fibromyalgia and Us comic

Divya Jindal-Snape (Organiser), Christopher Murray (Organiser), Lynn Kelly (Speaker), Damon Herd (Speaker), Ashling Larkin (Speaker), Ian Horton (Speaker)
1 Dec 2017

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesFestival/Exhibition

Comics - Engage Dundee 2014

Chris Murray (Presenter)
6 May 2014

Activity: Other activity typesSchools engagement

"Sexism and Propaganda in Wartime Comics", Woman's Hour

Chris Murray (Interviewee)
2 Aug 2011

Activity: Other activity typesPublic engagement and outreach - media article or participation


The Revenant Signifier: The Zombie in Comics and Cinema

Author: O'Donnell, S., 2015

Supervisor: Murray, C. (Supervisor) & Hoyle, B. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy