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Northrop Davis

Title: Associate Professor
Department: School of Visual Art & Design
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-5215
Office: McMaster, 216
Resources: Curriculum Vitae [pdf]
School of Visual Art & Design


MFA, Screenwriting, California Institute of the Arts

BA, Duke University

Bio        Bio in Japanese (click here)

Northrop Davis is the author of the book Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood-- and a screenwriter-- and is now writer of his first manga (Japanese style comics) volume -- who teaches screenwriting, television writing and manga/anime studies.  As writer, Davis has sold three Hollywood projects: his science fiction script to Warner Brothers and two pitches-- one to Columbia/Sony Studios and another to 20th Century Fox Film Corporation, both of which he subsequently wrote as screenplays. He has lectured at the Writers and the Directors Guilds of America, Duke University, Cal Arts, UCLA Professional Screenwriting Program, U.C. Irvine, and nine years at Anime Expo. He has been invited four times to lecture internationally, including at the premiere manga program at Japan's Kyoto Seika University(2015). A member of the Writers Guild of America West, at the University of South Carolina, he received the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award. In 2015 he was named a Breakthrough Star “awarded to faculty from a wide variety of disciplines, who show phenomenal commitment to their fields through research and scholarly activity.” His articles have appeared in leading publications in his field.  Davis and his book Manga and Anime Go to Hollywood--which was published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic-- were quoted by France’s Le Monde newspaper (May and August, 2017).  The American Library Association’s CHOICE magazine recommends his book for all ages.  Volume one of the manga he wrote, The Hole, is slated to be published this winter. For more information, including about his students' current activities and career success, please go to: