Department of English

Humor in America Project

Dr. Tracy Wuster, Director
Dr. Martin Kevorkian, Associate Director
The study of humor has long been a key aspect of the study of American literature and American Studies.  From Benjamin Franklin through Mark Twain to Richard Pryor, humor has been a central means of expressing American identity and forming American culture.  The goal of Humor in America Project is to promote the academic study of American humor both at the University of Texas and in the larger scholarly community through an American humor course, invited speakers, scholarly workshops, conferences, a summer institute, and a book series.  The project is sponsored by the Department of English and associated with the American Humor Studies Association.  

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