Name: Dr. Henry J. Pratt
Title: Associate Professor
Office Location: Fontaine 218
Extension: (845) 575-3000 ext. 2820
Degrees Held:

B.A. The University of Vermont
Ph.D. The Ohio State University


Born and raised in Vermont, I wended my way through a convoluted graduate career in Colorado, and Wisconsin before landing at The Ohio State University. Before Marist, I taught at the University of Dayton and Bucknell University.


I live happily with my wife and kids across the river. I'm into running, music, sourdough, and cats. Enough said.


Selected publications include:

The Philosophy of Comics: What they Are, How they Work, and Why they Matter. Oxford University Press, forthcoming.

"Are You Ready for Some Football? A Monday Night Documentary?" Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, forthcoming.

"Comics and Adaptation," in Routledge Companion to Comics, ed. Frank Bramlett, Roy T. Cook, and Aaron Meskin (New York: Routledge, 2017): 230-38.

"Technological Impacts on Musical Collaboration: Can the Postal Service Survive?"  in Collaborative Art in the Twenty-First Century, ed. Sondra Bacharach, Jeremy Neil Booth, and Siv B. Fjaerestad (New York: Routledge, 2016): 86-93. 

“Why Serials Are Killer,” Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 71 (2013): 266-70.

With Christy Mag Uidhir, "Pornography at the Edge: Depiction, Fiction, and Sexual Predilection," in Art and Pornography: Philosophical Essays, ed. Hans Maes and Jerrold Levinson (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012): 137-157.

"Respect, Recognition, and Appraisal: Are All Artworks Valuable?" Journal of Value Inquiry 46 (2012): 147-58.

"Artistic Institutions, Valuable Experiences: Coming to Terms with Artistic Value," Philosophia 40 (2012): 591-606.

"Categories and Comparisons of Artworks," British Journal of Aesthetics 52 (2012): 45-59.

"Making Comics Into Film," in The Art of Comics and Graphic Novels: A Philosophical Approach, ed. Roy T. Cook and Aaron Meskin (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012): 147-164.

"Relating Comics, Cartoons, and Animation," in Aesthetics: A Reader in Philosophy of the Arts, ed. David Goldblatt and Lee B. Brown. 3rd. ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson-Prentice Hall, 2010): 369-73.

"Narrative in Comics," The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 67 (2009), pp. 107-17.

Research Interests:

My primary research interests have to do with the philosophy of art. I think a lot about artistic value, but also such diverse issues as philosophy of comics, film, pornography, serial narration, puppetry, beards, and so on.

Conferences & Workshops:

In the summer of 2008, I attended an NEH Summer Seminar on "Narrative: Rhetoric and Ethics in Fiction and Non-fiction," at The Ohio State University. I end up at a lot of conferences, too many to mention here.


American Society for Aesthetics.
American Philosophical Association.