Jack Rosenbalm Prize for American Humor

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 2016 or 2017.  Please submit by 1/3/2018 to: wustert@gmail.com

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 2018. 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 wustert@gmail.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 letter written by the selection committee on the prize and the reasons the article was selected.

Prize Committee

Gillian Johns, Oberlin College

Jeffrey Melton, University of Alabama & AHSA Vice President

3rd Member TBA



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.


2013 Winner:

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.


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 2014-5 and send it with the electronic version your article by email to wustert@gmail.com. This form and the article should be in .doc, .docx, or .pdf form.

Name: ______________________________________________________________________

Select one:  [ ] Graduate Student  [  ] Independent Scholar  [  ] Assistant Professor

[  ] Adjunct, or other non-tenured scholar

Department: _________________________________________________________________

Institutional affiliation: _________________________________________________________

Title of article: ________________________________________________________________


Journal title: __________________________________________________________________

Volume: _____________ Issue: _____________ Date of publication: _____________________


Accepted for (date of publication): ________________________________________________

Mailing Address:____________________________________


NOTE: If not yet published, please include a copy of the acceptance letter verifying that it will have a 2017 journal publication date (even if the actual edition will not appear until 2018).

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