Beck caught the bug for higher education as she earned her BA in English and Psychology at the University of Alabama, Huntsville. After earning insufficient pocket change while performing stand-up comedy and improv professionally, she went on to earn an MA in Women’s Studies from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in American Studies from University of Maryland, College Park. Her research specializations are studies in humor and performance with a focus on stand-up comedy; social justice and resistance movements; media representations; visual and popular culture; and American subcultures, specifically survivalists and preppers or those preparing for large-scale disasters.

Research interests

Current Research

When Comedy Kills: Racialized and Gendered Violence in the Wake of Laughter

Monograph in Progress.