Ph.D., Columbia Univ. (1987)
M.A., Columbia Univ. (1980)
B.A., Columbia Univ. (1976)
M.Phil., Columbia Univ. (1982)
N. C. Christopher Couch is the author of numerous books and articles on comic art, graphic novels, and Latin American art. His most recent book is Jerry Robinson: Ambassador of Comics (Abrams 2010), tracing the career and influence of the artist who created Batman's greatest villain, the Joker. As senior editor at Kitchen Sink Press, he worked with graphic novelist Will Eisner, about whom he has published two co-authored volumes. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and has curated exhibitions at the American Museum of Natural History and other art and science museums.
In teaching a wide variety of subjects, Prof. Couch believes that students should learn to think in novel ways about works that are deeply familiar, like comic books and strips, and connect personally and intellectually with art and culture that may be outside of their day-to-day experience.
Graphic novels and nonfiction popular culture works edited by Prof. Couch have been nominated for or won seventeen Eisner and/or Harvey Awards.