Dr Nichola Dobson is a theorist and historian in animation studies, with a broader interest in moving image culture and production.
As part of the Design Context team at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), she teaches across disciplines within the Design School, with a focus on Visual Narratives and Screen Cultures.
Nichola began teaching at ECA in 2010, prior to which she lectured at Glasgow Caledonian University and Queen Margaret University, where she received her PhD.
She leads Lines : Design(ing) Stories, a group of researchers at ECA with a broad interest in narrative and storytelling which incorporates process, practice and structure.
Nichola is the founding editor of Animation Studies (2006 - 2011) and the academic blog Animation Studies 2.0 (2012- present). She has been President of the Society for Animation Studies since late 2014.
She has published on both animation studies and television, most recently The A to Z of Animation and Cartoons (2010) and Historical Dictionary of Animation and Cartoons (2009) for Scarecrow Press.
Nichola has also published in anthologies on Fan Fiction, Crime Scene Investigation and Life on Mars, as well as shorter works for the online journal FLOW.
She is currently working on a book on TV animation with Paul Ward for Edinburgh University Press and a book on Scottish animator Norman McLaren.