Beck Krefting is an Associate Professor in the American Studies Department, affiliate faculty for Gender Studies, Intergroup Relations, and Media and Film Studies at Skidmore College. Her monograph, All Joking Aside: American Humor and Its Discontents (Johns Hopkins UP), charts the history and economy of “charged humor” or stand-up comedy aimed at social justice. She is a contributing author to edited collections some of which include: Hysterical!: Women in American Comedy (University of Texas Press, 2017), Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017), The Joke’s On Us: Political Comedy Encounters Neoliberalism (Lexington Books, 2018), and Taking a Stand: American Stand-up Comedians as Public Intellectuals (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming). You can read her most recent article, titled “Hannah Gadsby Stands Down: Feminist Comedy Studies,” this spring in a special issue focusing on humor in the Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. She is a member of the editorial board for Studies in American Humor and serves on the series editorial board for Penn State’s Humor in America Series. Beck has been invited to speak about her research at colleges and universities domestically and internationally. Current research includes: analyzing feminist comedy studies, the impact of new media on the business of stand-up comedy, and prepper/survivalist subcultures. She is currently working on a new book project, that focuses on 21st century preppers/survivalists. It’s not that funny.
Associate Professor, American Studies Department