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Northrop Davis

Associate Professor
Media Arts
School of Visual Art and Design
University of South Carolina

Office MM 216
Phone Number 777-5215
Website We Make Manga



  • MFA, Screenwriting, California Institute of the Arts (1986)
  • BA, Duke University (1983)


Northrop Davis is a screenwriter who teaches screen and television writing and manga/anime studies. He earned his B.A. at Duke University and his MFA at California Institute of the Arts. He has sold three Hollywood projects:  his science fiction script Cyber Ship 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 speaks annually at Anime Expo’s Academic Conference in Los Angeles and has also been invited three times to lecture internationally. He taught three courses on manga/anime at the University of California at Irvine. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America, West. In 2012, he was invited to speak at the Freshman Convocation and was June Featured Scholar of the Month on the Office of the Vice President of Research’s website, “given in recognition of outstanding scholars from across the University's schools, colleges and campuses". The same year, he received the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate Teaching Award and was awarded a Provost’s grant for adapting his story into a manga that is currently in production and will be published next year.  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.”  He has published a number of print articles in the US and abroad in leading publications in his field. Professor Davis’s book, Manga and Anime go to Hollywood (the amazing relationship between Hollywood and Japanese manga, animation, television and features) was published in 2016 by Bloomsbury Academic.