Position Type 
2012 - Present



Hollis Griffin joined Denison’s Communication Department in 2012. Griffin's research and teaching interests include the history and theory of media, critical theory, queer theory and issues related to affect and emotion. His book “Feeling Normal: Sexuality & Media Criticism in the Digital Age” was published by Indiana University Press in 2017. Choice, the magazine of the American Library Association, named it an “Outstanding Academic Title” for 2017, an honor bestowed upon the top 10% of academic titles published in a given year. The project was also awarded the Society for Cinema and Media Studies Dissertation Prize. His research can be found in venues like “Cinema Journal,” “Journal of Popular Film and Television, Quarterly Review of Film & Video, Popular Communication, Television and New Media,” “Velvet Light Trap,” “Spectator,” “JumpCut,” and “Media Res,” and the anthology “A Companion to Reality Television” (Wiley, 2014). He earned his doctorate at Northwestern University, his master's degree at the University of Texas, and his bachelor's degree from Cornell University. He previously was a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at Colby College.

B.S., Cornell University, M.A., University of Texas, Austin; Ph.D., Northwestern University

Learning & Teaching


Media Structures, Media Theory, Media Historiography, Mediating Gender and Sexuality, Race and the Media, Queer Theory, Senior Seminar in Sexual Politics, Senior Seminar in Queer Studies