Nick Sousanis a doctoral candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University, who is writing and drawing his dissertation entirely in comic book form, believed to be the first of its kind. His comics have been infiltrating the academic realm through numerous publications and he furthers his advocacy for the medium in the comics course he developed for educators at Teachers College.
You can see some of the resources he has prepared for teaching comics in the classroom here: http://comicsclassroom.wikispaces.com/
See more of his work: http://www.spinweaveandcut.com/
See the original blog post for this comic essay: The Shape of Our Thoughts
You can contact Nick at: nsousanis @ gmail.com
Or on Twitter as: @nsousanis