Superheroes in Real and Imagined Cities with Julian Chambliss


“From pulp magazine origins to recent cinematic triumphs, superheroes mirror our culture. Uniquely American and reflecting enduring values, these characters are a window on inspiration and aspiration defining our society."

Dr. Julian Chambliss of Rollins College explores the real and imagined city through superheroes and the pages of comic books over the course of the last century.   From urbanization and planning to comics and popular culture, Julian delves into how perceptions shape policy and action creating our collective urban experience

Julian is Professor of History at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL.  He teaches courses in urban history, African-American history, and comic book history in the United States. As a teacher-scholar concerned with community and identity, he has designed numerous public digital history projects that trace community development, document diverse experience, and explore the cultural complexity in Central Florida. He has been recognized for his community engagement work with a Cornell Distinguished Service Award  and Florida Campus Compact Service Learning Faculty Award. 

Julian serves as coordinator of the Africa and African-American Studies Program at Rollins, and Coordinator of the Media, Arts, and Culture Special Interest Section for the Florida Conference of Historians

Among other research and writing, his book, Age of Heroes, Eras of Men, conveys the changing depiction of superheroes from the comic books of the 1930s to the cinematic present. 

Julian produces a podcast as well -  Every Tongue Got to Confess, which investigates issues and solutions connected to communities of color.