coverartWelcome to the home of Studies in American Humor, the journal of the American Humor Studies Association.

As the new editor of Studies in American Humor, I welcome readers to the next phase of the oldest journal devoted to humor scholarship. Founded by the American Humor Studies Association in 1974 and published continuously since 1982, StAH specializes in humanistic research on humor in America (loosely defined) because the universal human capacity for humor is always expressed within the specific contexts of time, place, and audience that research methods in the humanities strive to address. Such methods now extend well beyond the literary and film analyses that once formed the core of American humor scholarship to a wide range of critical, biographical, historical, theoretical, archival, ethnographic, and perhaps digital studies of humor in performance and public life as well as in print and other media. StAH’s expanded editorial board of specialists marks that growth. On behalf of the editorial board, I invite scholars across the humanities to submit their best work on topics in American humor and join us in advancing knowledge in the field.

From:  Enter Laughing: American Humor Studies in the Spirit of Our Times by Judith Yaross Lee, Editor.  Read the entirety of the essay here: Judith Yaross Lee, Enter Laughing.

Individuals can subscribe to Studies in American Humor by joining the American Humor Studies Association.  Institutions and libraries should subscribe via the Penn State University Press.

See the Table of Contents for all issues here and for upcoming issues here (Special Issue on 1920s and 1930s coming soon).


Studies in American Humor has additional copies of its landmark,                                                       jumbo special MAD issue (n.s. 3, no 30, fall 2014) with guest coeditor John Bird—


a splendiferous 224 pp. issue devoted to one of the most important                                             American comic innovations of all time

For new members, or members who were not members in 2014 but renew for 2015, we will be offering the issue for a 10% discount.

Total cost to you: $18 plus the cost of membership,

which includes a full year of issues of the journal

plus a myriad of benefits!

You can also purchase the issue for $20 using the membership page above.

***LIMITED TIME OFFER: Good until March 15, 2015 or while supplies last***