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Date of Award


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Leadership Studies


he goal of this investigation is to explore why superhero narratives are, and historically have been, received with such widespread attention among American audiences, and why such prolonged popularity should be scrutinized more closely in relation to leadership studies and social science research. This thesis concludes that superheroes, an evolutionary offshoot of American tall tale heroes, have consistently reflected, perpetuated, and even shaped specific understandings of leadership and heroism in the United States throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.