University at Buffalo
Department of


Art & Design

Art History

Visual Studies

John Jennings

Associate Professor

Graphic Design


His research and teaching focus on the analysis, explication, and disruption of African American stereotypes in popular visual media. His research is concerned with the topics of representation and authenticity, visual culture, visual literacy, social justice, and design pedagogy. He is an accomplished designer, curator, illustrator, cartoonist, and award-winning graphic novelist. His work overlaps into various disciplines including American Studies, African American Studies, Design History, Media Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, and Literature.


  • ART 240 History of Graphic Design
  • ART 319 Visual Semiotics and Rhetoric
  • ART 350 The Visual Culture of Hip Hop

Read course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog-ART.

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