International Society for Humor Studies

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Books and News

ISHS Members and other scholars have several books in print, including volumes in the Humor Research Series, published by Mouton DeGruyter. Follow this link to current books on humor research and ordering information.

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ISHS Historian Don Nilsen of Arizona State University compiles and provides bibliographies of humor research for Society members. These bibliographies, divided by topic, are provided here in Microsoft Word format.

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Test Catalog

Over the past century, social and behavioral scientists have constructed questionnaires, surveys, tests, and other measures to assess humor appreciation and creation as well as humor-related behavior. Historically, these tests have varied in quality although, in recent years, they have become more rigorous in their development and application. Enter here for the ISHS test catalog. For each test, you will find information on authorship and test design along with references to key articles involving the measure. For several tests, you will find online links to the actual research tool, and in some cases, manual pages that can be downloaded.  ISHS does not endorse any particular test, and investigators should determine whether a test is appropriate for their own scholarly research.

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Internet Directories

The Internet is rich with resources for the humor scholar. The Society provides several directories to connect the researcher to websites dealing with literature, art, performance, media, and other online resources related to humor studies.

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Teaching Exchange

A number of our members have developed course materials, which they have graciously shared with ISHS for the benefit of fellow instructors interested in creating or improving a humor studies class. Find here listings of present and past humor studies courses, each with syllabi, handouts, powerpoint slides, links to teaching websites, and/or other helpful teaching materials.

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Online Classroom

Holy Names University is currently invetigating an online class for ISHS that would allow advanced researchers and students to interact and exchange ideas in a virtual classroom setting. As part of the online classroom, students would have access to HNU's electronic library collection, including library search tools and the full text of selected journals, including HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research. Other universities and colleges offer online classes that may be of interest to students of humor, and you may choose to enroll in one of these courses.