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PhD candidate, School of Arts, University of Hull

Mx. Kodi Maier is a non-binary (they/them pronouns) doctoral researcher at the University of Hull. While their thesis focuses on the materiality culture of the Disney Princess franchise and the role the franchise plays in shaping gender myths in the US, their research largely focuses on queer identity and ontologies within animation. Their forthcoming chapter, 'The Other Maiden, Mother, Crone(s): Witchcraft, Queer Identity, and Political Resistance in Laika’s Coraline' in Coraline: A Closer Look at Studio Laika’s Stop-Motion Withcraft (ed. Mihaela Mihailova, Bloomsbury) looks at Coraline's use of magic as a metaphor for queer identity and a site of political resistance.

They have appeared on BBC World News to discuss queer representation in Finding Dory (2016) and multiple appearances on BBC Radio Humberside to discuss LGBTQ+ identity, representation and politics.


  • –present
    PhD candidate, school of arts, University of Hull


  • 2012 
    SOAS, MA Study of Religions

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    Event Funding ($500)
    Queer/ing Animation Symposium Organizer
    Funding Source:
    Society for Animation Studies

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Animation Studies