Jack Rosenbalm Prize for Scholarship in American Humor
Awarded tor the best article on American humor by a pre-tenure scholar, graduate student, adjunct professor, or independent scholar published in a peer-reviewed academic journal or book published in 2018 or 2019. Please submit by 1/3/2020 to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Articles will be judged by a committee of three scholars appointed by the AHSA Board. Those selected will be notified by the end of March 2020. Articles will be judged by blind peer review.
Applicants are invited to submit an electronic copy (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf form) of their articles together with the registration form to Tracy Wuster at email@example.com
All copies should be formatted for blind review and thus without identifying references or title. Applicants do not need to be members of the AHSA to submit.
Prize: $100; one-year membership in the AHSA; paid conference registration for 2018 AHSA conference.
The winner will receive a notice by the selection committee on the prize and the reasons the article was selected.
We are pleased to announce the winner of the Jack Rosenbalm Prize for American Humor Studies for 2016-2017. The committee awarded the prize to Jessyka Finley’s essay “Black Women’s Satire as (Black) Postmodern Performance,” which appeared in Studies in American Humor (Series 4, Volume 2, Number 2, 2016)
The judges wrote about this article:
In “Black Women’s Satire as (Black) Postmodern Performance,” Jessyka Finley examines the under-explored work of African-American women’s postmodern humor which functions to destabilize historical narratives that “relegate black women to the margins of United States society.” She explores the performances of Danitra Vance and Leslie Jones on Saturday Night Live as well as the work of web-series performers Azie Mira Dungey in Ask a Slave and Issa Rae in The Mis-Adventures of Awkward Black Girl. Throughout this well-crafted and compelling discussion, Finley contends that black women’s satire “becomes a postmodern performance tactic for comprehending, and engaging with, their personal and political interventions.” Employing careful readings of individual performances, she demonstrates the depth and complexity of material that merits more critical attention. The resulting essay is a formidable contribution toward meeting that need. Finley’s analysis breaks new ground in the field of postmodern studies of black comediennes and opens the door for further examinations generated by this illuminating inquiry.
We would like to thank Gillian Johns, Gretchen Martin, and Jeffrey Melton for their excellent work on the committee.
We are pleased to announce the winners of the Jack Rosenbalm Prize for American Humor Studies for 2014-2015. The committee awarded the prize to Maggie Hennefeld’s essay “Destructive Metamorphosis: The Comedy of Female Catastrophe and Feminist Film Historiography,” which appeared in Discourse: Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture (Vol. 36: Iss. 2, Article 2).
We also awarded an Honorable Mention to “Cuban Miami on the Air: Narratives of Cubanía” by Albert Sergio Laguna, which appeared in the Journal of Latin American Cultural Studies (Vol. 23, Iss. 1, 2014). We would like to thank Linda Morris, James Caron, and David Sloane for their excellent work on the committee.
On behalf of the Selection Committee for the Jack R. Rosenbalm Essay Prize offered by the American Humor Studies Association, we are pleased to announce the selection of Ina Seethaler’s essay, “Big Bad Chinese Mama: How Internet Humor Subverts Stereotypes about Asian American Women,” which the was the unanimous choice of the committee, with special praise for its clarity, originality, and insight. We would like to thank Bruce Michelson, Gina Barecca, and Larry Howe for their work as the judging panel.
Jack Rosenbalm Essay Prize Registration Form
Please fill out this form completely, save it in a file named with your name, followed by AHSA Prize 2018-2019 and send it with the electronic version your article by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. This form and the article should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf form.
Select one: [ ] Graduate Student [ ] Independent Scholar [ ] Assistant Professor
[ ] Adjunct, or other non-tenured scholar
Institutional affiliation: _________________________________________________________
Title of article: ________________________________________________________________
Journal title: __________________________________________________________________
Volume: _____________ Issue: _____________ Date of publication: _____________________
Accepted for (date of publication): ________________________________________________
NOTE: If not yet published, please include a copy of the acceptance letter verifying that it will have a 2019 journal publication date (even if the actual edition will not appear until 2020).