James Sturm is the cofounder and director of the Center for Cartoon Studies. His comics address issues of faith, race, and American identity, and his graphic novel Off Season (Drawn and Quarterly, 2019) explores the intersection of the personal and political against the backdrop of the 2016 presidential election.
During his Radcliffe fellowship, Sturm is creating a comic book/graphic guide about the history and current dysfunction of the United States health-care system. This project will bring together scholars, health-care professionals, and cartoonists with the goal to better understand our current crisis. Sturm recently worked on a graphic handbook, “This Is What Democracy Looks Like, A Graphic Guide to Governance,” that was distributed for free to middle and high schools, comic-book shops, and libraries throughout the country.
Sturm is a contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, the New York Times, and the New Yorker. His graphic novels include The Golem’s Mighty Swing (Drawn and Quarterly, 2017), Market Day (Drawn and Quarterly, 2010), and the popular instructional series for children Adventures in Cartooning. He is a two-time MacDowell Fellow, and his work has been exhibited and translated throughout the world.