Welcome 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.
See the Table of Contents for all issues here and for upcoming issues here.