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Dr Jake Abrams

Associate professor


I am an experienced educator holding a Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA), a National Art Design and Media Teaching Fellowship (ADMHEA), and a Kingston University Teaching Fellowship. I have taught nationally and internationally and currently teach on the multi-award winning BA Illustration Animation course at Kingston. 

Alongside this I have maintained an active practice and profile as an illustrator, designer and artist working for the likes of The Independent, The Times, The Guardian, and Blueprint and I continue to hold exhibitions at home and abroad (including a solo exhibition at The Southbank Centre, London).

I am a keen advocate of internationalisation within Kingston School of Art and have helped forge international collaborations and partnerships across the globe in Thailand, Taiwan, the United States, Korea, China,  and Norway.

My academic and artistic research is wide-ranging with a current fascination with the potency of objects: notably the chair.

Areas of specialism

  • Illustration
  • Animation
  • The Chair

Courses taught



  • Professional Doctorate in Fine Art, UEL 2017
  • SFHEA (Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • ADMHEA (Art Design & Media Fellow of the Higher Education Academy)
  • MA, Manchester Metropolitan University
  • BA, Kingston University


Through in depth analysis using drawing, painting and sculpture, my current research is preoccupied with how objects can hold ulterior and potent meaning with particular relevance to notions of gender and masculinity.

My doctorate research, Uncertain Masculinities, was an auto-ethnographic undertaking that appropriated the chair to examine these ideas.

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