Member directory

If you work on humour in history and would like to be listed in the directory below, please feel free to get in touch with us via the contact page. The directory is for all members of the circle, not merely those who have been a part of our events.

Emily Anderson, School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics, Newcastle University. Humour-related research interests include: humour and the First World War, humour’s role in representation, literary nonsense, comic absurdity, parody, and humour and genre.

Giulia Baccini, Asian and North African Studies, Università Ca’ Foscari, Venezia. Humour-related research interests include: early medieval Chinese literature (220-581 AD), in particular, non canonical literary production, entertaining literature and practices linked to it, and diachronic study of joke-books as a “genre” in the pre-modern period.

Martha Bayless, Department of English, University of Oregon.  Humour-related research interests include: medieval parody and comic tales, medieval humour and play.

Jamie Beckett, Department of English Studies, Durham University. Humour-related research interests include: humour in late medieval drama (‘mystery plays’, civic and devotional performance), laughter and audience, humour and visual culture, social functions of humour.

Rafał Borysławski, Institute of English Cultures and Literatures, University of Silesia, Poland. Humour related research interests include: humour in Old English poetry (riddles, riddling and the rhetoric of enigmaticity) and in medieval romances and lais (Middle English, Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France).

Hannah Burrows, Centre for Scandinavian Studies, University of Aberdeen. Humour-related research interests include: riddling and wordplay, the semantics of humour and laughter in Old Norse, humour, laughter and gender, humour and violence.

Delia Chiaro, Department of Interpreting and Translation, Università di Bologna. Humour-related research interests include: humour and translation, humour and gender, humour in the media, meme theory, humour and censorship.

Conal Condren, Emeritus Scientia Professor, University of New South Wales and Hon Prof, Institute of Advanced Studies in the Humanities, University of Queensland. Humour-related research interests include: satire and parody in intellectual history, satire and law.

Jessica Milner Davis, Honorary Associate in the School of Letters, Art and Media at the University of Sydney. Humour-related research interests include: history of farce, humour across cultures, political satire, trans-disciplinary approaches to humour, theories and cultural histories of humour.

Lucy Delap, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge. Humour-related research interests include: workplace humour, activist humour, print culture and comedy, feminist humour, laughter and the history of emotions.

Daniel Derrin, Department of English Studies, Durham University. Humour-related research interests include: Shakespeare’s comedy, early modern comedy and the traditions of commentary on ancient Roman comedy, early modern jesting and jestbooks, and jesting in early modern sermons and religious literature.

Indira Ghose, Département des langues et littératures, Domaine Anglais, University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Humour-related interests include: early modern laughter, humour in Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton et al, humour and ethics, jesting and courtesy.

Sarah Gordon, Department of Languages and Philosophy, Utah State University.
Humour-related research interests include: Culinary comedy (food humor), humor related to the body and medicine, medieval French and English romance, Old French fabliaux, farce.

Matias Hermosilla, Graduate Student of History at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Humour-related interests include: Graphic Humour in History, Humour and Cold War, Humour manifestations in Popular Culture,  Humour and Politics, Humour and Capitalism.

Niamh KehoePhD researcher in the School of English, University College Cork, Ireland. Humour-related interests include: medieval humour, humour in Old and Middle English saints’ lives, humour and gender, humour and violence, political and social functions of humour, and tracing continuities/developments of humour from pre- to post-Conquest England.

Sharon Lockyer, Centre for Comedy Studies Research (CCSR), Brunel University London. Humour-related research interests include: humour and identity, humour and cultural critique, mediated humour, live comedy performance, humour and research methodologies.

Aubrey Mellor, Senior Fellow at Lasalle College of the Arts. Humour-related research interests include: traditional and contemporary Asian performance, Asian and Western classic dramatic literature, elements of character, the ‘tragi-comic’, humour in theatre, creating, writing, directing and performing humour.

Marc MierowskyFaculty of English, University of Cambridge.  Humour-related interests include seventeenth and eighteenth century satire, with particular focus on the use of humour in ethical deliberation, social formation and state building; twentieth-century Jewish stand-up. 

Anthony Mitzel, Department for Interpreters and Translators, Università di Bologna, Forlì. Humour related interests include: linguistic/memetic approaches to humour, humour and established narratives of ethnicity, humour and identity, humour as resistance to cultural hegemony, semiotics, stand up, aesthetics.

Leslie Zarker Morgan, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Loyola University Maryland (USA). Humour-related research interests include: humour in literary contexts, the chanson de geste and its developments in Early Modern Italy, Franco-Italian and then Italian, cantari and epic forms.

Will Noonan, English Department, Université de Bourgogne. Humour-related research interests include: theories of humour, French and British humour, humour and reflexivity in eighteenth century fiction.

Lucy Rayfield, Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty, University of Oxford. Humour-related research interests include: the history of commedia dell’arte and commedia erudita, comic staging and scenery in the Renaissance, sixteenth-century French imitations and adaptations of of Italian comedies.

Christopher Rea, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia. Humour-related research interests include: China, comics and caricature, hoaxes and swindles, farce, travesty, wordplay, translation, print culture, amusement halls, vaudeville, Shakespeare.

Claudio RolleDepartment of History at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Humour-related interests include: Humour at the Early Modern Europe, Humour manifestations in Popular Culture, Humour and Politics, the relations between Humour and History.

Lieke Stelling, Department of English, Utrecht University. Humour-related research interests include: humour and religion, humour (particularly its inclusive and tension-relieving aspects) and the literature of the English Reformation, jest books, early modern drama, early modern discourse on humour.

Ronald Stewart, Faculty of Life and Environmental Sciences, Prefectural University of Hiroshima, Japan. Humour-related research interests include: representations of (ethnic, national and ill) Others in late-nineteenth to early-twentieth century Japanese cartoon humour magazines, the history of Japanese manga (cartoons and comics), contemporary Japanese satire and censorship, cross-cultural analyses of cartoons, and theories of political cartooning.

Yen-Mai Tran-Gervat, Department of Comparative Literature, Université Sorbonne Nouvelle – Paris 3. Humour-related research interests include : early modern humour, particularly parody in 17th and 18th c. English, French and Spanish fiction; close reading and comparison of translations of humourous texts into French (17th-18th c.); quixotism; shandyism.

Alison Williams, Department of Modern Languages, Swansea University. Humour-related research interests include: medieval and renaissance French literature, especially the fabliaux, the Roman de Renart and the works of Rabelais; the therapeutic value of humour; humour and gender.

Massih Zekavat, Department of English, Yazd University, Iran. Humour-related research interests include: theories of humour; critical theory and satire; humour, satire and identity; humour, satire and otherness; Persian and British literature; eighteenth century British satire; comparative investigations of literary satire.