This page is a mix of Comics as scholarship, and examples of alternative scholarship more generally. I get a lot of requests about this, and will update as I hear of other examples. Feel free to contact me with other examples and I’ll add to the list. Tnx! – Nick
Comics-as-Scholarship
Nick Sousanis – Doctoral Dissertation in Education at Columbia University entirely in comics 2014 (Chronicle Article); Published by Harvard University Press 2015, lots of info on Unflattening here, my press page, and all over this site by hitting the dissertation, Unflattening, or Interviews categories on my blog sidebar.
I’ve done other comics of a similar sort, including this piece for PMLA, subsequently republished by Franklin Humanities Center here, sans paywall.
Meghan Parker Masters Thesis Art Education from Simon Fraser University 2018. Info here from CBC, from SFU, plus – my twitter thread on Meghan’s thesis and the resistance we encounter…

Marie-Jeanne Jacob Masters Thesis Art Education from Concordia University 2014 Thesis available here

A 2013 roundup I put together of people doing research in comics at the time

Chapter on doing Comics-Based Research, co-authored with Marcus Weaver-Hightower and Paul Kuttner

Mai Stewart Medical Student at Temple Making Cartoons to Address Stress of Med School

Article on Kate Thomas, on working in Graphic Essays as Scholarship

Alternative Scholarship
AD Carson Doctoral Dissertation as Rap Album Clemson University 2017 
Amanda Visconti Digital Doctoral Dissertation (“Infinite Ulysses”) University of Maryland College Park 2015 – see it here (Conversation at U Virginia between Carson, Visconti and myself on nontraditional dissertations)
Article in the Chronicle on job prospects for alternative dissertators (including Visconti, Sousanis…)
Rachel Kaminski-Sanders Fashion Show as Dissertation University of Georgia, Athens 2018 article
Anna Williams University of Iowa 2019 – Podcast Dissertation The New Sounds of a Dissertation, details from Williams on Gothic Dissertation, the Daily Iowan article, & podcast on her podcast dissertation
Katie Shellie – Hyper Island U 2017 – Podcast Masters Thesis
Angela Lundin Simon Fraser University 2019 – One Woman Show for Masters Thesis in Education
Alexia Petasis University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 2018 Choreographed Dance to Unflattening
Jason Helms scholarly article as online game Play Smarter Not Harder