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Jeff Griffin

Professor Emeritus


College of Arts and Sciences: Communication


Email: Jeff Griffin


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1990
  • M.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1983
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1979


In a span of more than three decades at UD, Dr. Jeff Griffin taught courses in intercultural communication, global communication, film, broadcasting and journalism. In addition to his regular teaching load, Jeff taught in the department’s study-abroad program 18 times, certainly a department record and likely a university record. In fact, Jeff directed the department’s study-abroad program for 15 years. Jeff’s scholarship was published in a wide array of academic journals, including Film International, English Today, Journal of Popular Film and Television, Journalism Quarterly, Gazette, Newspaper Research Journal and Visual Communication Quarterly.

“I was fortunate enough to have been mentored by some legendary communication educators, who helped shape me as a teacher and researcher, including Bob Stevenson (international communication), James Tankard (mass-communication research), Wayne Danielson (mass-communication research), Bill Korbus (visual design) and J.B. Colson (photojournalism).”

Faculty perspective

"Universities are marvelous places in which to learn, reflect, explore and grow – and that’s just as true for faculty members as it is for students."

Research interests

  • Globalization of television and film
  • Spread of English as a global language 
  • Classic film

Selected publications

Griffin, J. L. (2020). "The Ugly American Goes to Europe: Depictions of American Travellers in 1960s Hollywood Films." Film International, 18(3), 45-64.

Griffin, J. L. (2020). "Marital Bliss in the ‘Thin Man’ films: Nick and Nora Solve the Mystery of Marriage." Film International, 17(4), 33-49.

Griffin, J. L. (2018). "Two Silent-Comedy Clowns Go To College: A Comparison of Harold Lloyd’s 'The Freshman' and Buster Keaton’s 'College'." Film International, 16(1), 31-45.

Griffin, J. L. (2015). "Turning Japanese: From 'Sideways' to 'Saidoweizu': An Examination of the Japanese Remake of a Hollywood Film." Film International, 12(4), 84-98.

Griffin, J. L. (2008). "The Americanization of 'The Office': A Comparison of the Offbeat NBC Sitcom and its British Namesake." The Journal of Popular Film and Television, 35(4), 154-163.

Griffin, J. L. (2004). "The Presence of Written English on the Streets of Rome." English Today, 20(2), 3-8.