Department of Communication

Christopher Bell, Ph.D.

Christopher Bell, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Studies/Associate Professor

Department of Communication

ACAD 517

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Dr. Christopher Bell is the Director of Graduate Studies and an Associate Professor of Media Studies. He specializes in the study of popular culture, focusing on the ways in which race, class and gender intersect in different forms of children's media. Dr. Bell is a TED speaker, a diversity and inclusiveness consultant for Pixar Animation Studios, a 2017 David Letterman Award winning media scholar, and the 2017 Denver Comic Con Popular Culture Educator of the Year. Recognized nationally for his expertise in the area of children's culture, he serves as the chair of the Southwest Popular/American Culture Association's Harry Potter Studies division. He teaches both theory and methodology courses in critical analysis of popular culture, rhetorical theory, representation theory and mass media. In what little spare time is left over, Dr. Bell is an author of the children’s books Do Not Open the Door! and Do Not Look Under the Rug!, travels with his wife and daughter, and plays a pretty mean ukulele.


  • Ph.D., University of Colorado Boulder (Media Studies)
  • M.A., San Diego State University (Television, Film, and New Media Production)
  • B.A., University of Northern Colorado (Social Science Education)

Honors and Awards

Dr. Bell was the 2017 Pop Culture Classroom/Denver Comic Con Popular Culture Educator of the Year, a 2017 David Letterman Award scholar, and the 2015 recipient of the University of Colorado Colorado Springs Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity and Inclusiveness.

Research Interests

  • Representation Theory
  • Gender Studies
  • Children's Culture


  • COMM 1000: Contemporary Mass Media
  • COMM 3280: Intercultural Communication 
  • COMM 4000: Rhetorical Dimensions in Communication 
  • COMM 4010/6010: Privilege and Oppression in Popular Culture
  • COMM 4350/6350/SOC 5350: Critical Analysis of Popular Culture
  • COMM 4900/6250: Cultural Criticism

Selected Publications

  • Bell, C. (2017). Sexualization and gamer avatar selection in League of Legends. Atlantic Journal of Communication, 25(2). 
  • Bell, C. (ed.) (2016). Wizards vs. Muggles: Essays on identity and the Harry Potter universe. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company Publishers.
  • Bell, C. (ed.) (2015). From here to Hogwarts: Essays on Harry Potter fandom and fiction. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company Publishers.
  • Stevens, J.R. & Bell, C. (2015) (Re)examining the attitudes of comic book store patrons. Transformative Works and Cultures, 20.  
  • Bell, C. (ed.) (2013). Legilimens!: Perspectives in Harry Potter Studies. Newcastle upon Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Bell, C. (ed.) (2012). Hermione Granger Saves the World: Essays on the Feminist Heroine of Hogwarts. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Company Publishers.
  • Stevens, J.R. & Bell, C. (2012). Do fans own digital comic books? Examining the copyright and intellectual property attitudes of comic book fans. International Journal of Communication, 6, 751-772.


Dr. Bell's popular and influential TED talk, Bring on the Female Superheroes!, can be viewed here. 
More about Dr. Bell can be read here

Professional Consultations

Pixar Animation Studios
United States Air Force Academy
The Asheville (N.C.) School 
West Texas A&M University
University of Colorado Boulder