The official journal of the American Humor Studies Association, Studies in American Humor (ISSN 0095-280X) has published scholarly essays, review essays, and book reviews on all aspects of American humor since 1974.  Issues appear semi-annually in spring and fall; articles are indexed in the MLA Bibliography and available in full text in EBSCOhost’s Humanities International Complete and Literary Reference Center databases.  Studies in American Humor (StAH) is a member of the Council of Editors of Learned Journals (CELJ) and is underwritten by a major grant from High Point University.

Submissions of essay manuscripts of between 5000 and 8000 words are welcome on any topic, theme, practice, practitioner, and medium of American humor.  StAH values new transnational and interdisciplinary approaches as well as traditional critical and historical humanities scholarship. One electronic copy of a manuscript should be submitted via email in Word or rft format; accompanying illustrations should be in pdf format.  Because the journal practices blind peer review, the author’s name should appear only on the title page of the manuscript, and other identifying details should also be removed for the review process. Chicago style is acceptable for the initial readers’ reviews of manuscripts, but all submissions accepted for publication must be converted to MLA style following The MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing (3rd edition), and illustrations provided in jpg format. Authors are responsible for securing permissions if their accepted submissions contain copyrighted material beyond fair use.

The journal also invites individuals to send books for review; books and essays for our annual feature, “The Year’s Work in American Humor Studies”; and previously unpublished (or long lost) primary sources with short analytical essays our occasional feature, “The Recovery Room.”

Essay submissions, materials for “The Year’s Work” and “The Recovery Room,”and other publication queries should be addressed to Judith Yaross Lee, Editor of Studies in American Humor, at Books and inquiries about book reviews should be sent to Tracy Wuster, Book Review Editor, at

All contributors must be members in good standing of the American Humor Studies Association (AHSA) at the time of publication.  Membership information is available via the AHSA website.

Permissions inquiries, as well as announcements, should be directed to the Editor at the address above.  Please direct advertising inquiries, subscription claims, and requests for back issues of the journal to AHSA Secretary-Treasurer Joseph Alvarez, 900 Havel Ct., Charlotte, NC 28211-4253, USA.


Call for Papers:  MAD Magazine and Its Legacies

Special issue of Studies in American Humor, Fall 2014

Since 1952, MAD Magazine has regaled humor lovers and inspired humor producers in many media. Studies in American Humor, the journal of the American Humor Studies Association, invites submission of scholarly papers devoted to MAD Magazine and its legacies for a special issue of the journal appearing in the fall of 2014, coedited by John Bird (Winthrop University) and Judith Yaross Lee (Ohio University).

Topics might include, but are not limited to:

*humor, verbal and/or visual

*subversive humor

*satire (as technique, analysis of individual examples or themes, etc.)

*parody (as technique, analysis of individual examples or themes, etc.)

*individual artists and writers

*regular and occasional features

*one or mode recurrent themes (politics, technology, parenthood, suburbia)

*cultural impact and legacies

*influence, general and specific (including direct influence on individuals and genres)


Potential contributors should send queries and abstracts (500-750 words) by October 1, 2013 or complete manuscripts by June 1, 2014.  Email queries and abstracts to  General information on Studies in American Humor and submission guidelines are available at