Beck Krefting is an Assistant Professor in the American Studies Department, affiliate faculty for Gender Studies, and director of the Media and Film Studies Program at Skidmore College. In 2014, she published her first book, All Joking Aside: American Humor and Its Discontents (Johns Hopkins UP)—charting the history and economy of “charged humor” or stand-up comedy aimed at social justice—and is a contributing author to several edited collections including the forthcoming edited collection, Hysterical!: Women in American Comedy (University of Texas Press, 2017). She is currently working on a new book project that focuses on 21st century preppers/survivalists and has several forthcoming chapters in edited collections on humor such as Transgressive Humor of American Women Writers, Taking a Stand: American Stand-up Comedians as Public Intellectuals, and Political Comedy: Critical Encounters.
Director of Media and Film Studies Program