Manuel Garin works at Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, where he teaches as senior lecturer in Film and Media Studies. In 2012 he defended his Ph.D. thesis on visual humor, later published as a book: "El gag visual. De Buster Keaton a Super Mario" (Cátedra, 2014). He has published in impact scientific journals such as International Journal of Cultural Studies, Communication & Society or L' Atalante, and has contributed to books edited by The MIT Press, ABC-Clio or Mimesis. Trained as a musician, he has an M.A. in Film Scoring from ESMUC music school.