Lead Faculty


John Hendrix, Chair

John Hendrix is a New York Times best-selling illustrator and author of many children’s books including Drawing is Magic and The Faithful Spy.: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler. His illustrations have appeared on book jackets, newspapers, and magazines all over the world. Hendrix, an associate professor, has taught illustration at Washington University for 14 years. jhendrix@wustl.edu, www.johnhendrix.com


D.B. Dowd

D. B Dowd writes, lectures, and curates exhibitions on the history of illustration and cartooning. His book Stick Figures: Drawing as a Human Practice was published by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies in 2018. Dowd is a professor of art and American culture studies, and serves as the faculty director of the D.B. Dowd Modern Graphic History Library. dbdowd@wustl.edu, www.dbdowd.com


Heidi Kolk

A literary historian by training, assistant professor Heidi Kolk started her career as a student in art and poetry, and has a long gravitated to cross-disciplinary research. Her current work focuses on the the politics of memory and heritage as sites of cultural self-making, such as museums, landmarks, national parks, and rituals of reenactment. hkolk@wustl.edu


Shreyas R Krishnan

Visiting assistant professor Shreyas R Krishnan is an illustrator-designer from Chennai, India, with an eye for the everyday and an affinity for the drawn image. She is interested in the intersections between visual culture and gender, as well as personal stories and the idea of belonging. Through drawing and writing, she tries to understand how, why, and what we remember. sravikrishnan@wustl.edu, www.shreyasrkrishnan.com