Dr Amy Davis


Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education


01482 465649

Amy Davis is the author of numerous books and papers on Disney and animation, including Good Girls and Wicked Witches (2006) and Handsome Heroes and Vile Villains (2013), as well as the editor of the book Discussing Disney (expected 2018).

Her primary research interests are Disney studies, US animation history, gender studies, and Hollywood horror.


Research Interests

  • American animation history (especially the Disney Studio)

  • Representations of gender roles in US animation and popular culture

  • Hollywood cinema and American popular cultural history

Research groups

Society for Animation Studies: Working Group on Disney


Handsome Heroes & Vile Villains: Men in Disney’s Feature Animation, John Libbey & Company/University of Indiana Press, 2013.

Good Girls & Wicked Witches: Women in Disney’s Feature Animation, John Libbey & Company/University of Indiana Press, 2006.

Discussing Disney, John Libbey and Company/University of Indiana Press. Forthcoming.

'Rotoscoping Uncanny Bodies: Animation Technology, Animation Aesthetics', Alexander Darius Ornella (Ed.), Making Humans: Religious, Technological and Aesthetic Perspectives, Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press, 2015: pp. 143-159.

(with Fernando G Pagnoni Berns) 'The Uncanny and Mannequins: The Dream-like Qualities of Two Italian Gothic Films, Il Mulino Delle Donne di Pietra (1960) and Lisa e il Diavolo (1972)', Dreamscapes in Italian Cinema, ed. Francesco Pascuzzi and Bryan Cracchioilo, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2015: 19-33.


Programmes taught on (2019)

Modules list

  • History of Hollywood Cinema

  • American Animation History

  • Screening Genders

  • Disney Studies

  • History of Hollywood Horror

  • American Film and Society

Research PhDs

Applications welcomed in the areas of Disney (all aspects), US animation (cinematic and/or televisual, to include merchandizing), Hollywood horror.

Completed PhDs

  • Humor and Satire in American Prime-Time Animated Sit-Coms

  • Representations of Masculinity in the Historical Figure of Mark Antony

  • The Simpsons and Meme Theory

Current PhD supervisions 

  • Disney Princess Merchandising

  • Music as Narrative Device in Disney

Professional highlights

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Sweet Briar College, Major: History; Minor: English)

  • MA (UCL, Modern History)

  • PhD (UCL, History)