David Humphrey



Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Japanese Literature and Culture
Visiting Assistant Professor
251 Decio

David Humphrey received a PhD in Japanese with a designated emphasis (minor) in New Media from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the East Asian faculty at Notre Dame in Fall 2016, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese Studies at Middlebury College. His research engages with the literature, media and culture of postwar and contemporary Japan, and he is currently completing a book manuscript, entitled “Warai: Laughter, Comedy and the Media Cultures of Japan,” which explores the intersection of contemporary Japanese media and discourses of laughter. His work has or will appear in journals including Japan Forum and The Journal of Japanese Studies. Further research interests include emergent and digital media, youth culture, and visual narratives.


At Notre Dame, he offers courses on modern and contemporary Japanese literature, popular culture, media and visual culture.


Recent and forthcoming publications


“On Mediating Laughter: Japan, Television, and the Discourse of Cheer,” The Journal of Japanese Studies, forthcoming, Summer 2018


 “The Tone of Laughter and the Strangely Warm Comedy of Hagimoto Kin’ichi,” Japan Forum, December 2014


 “Excerpts from The Legends of Japan” (peer-reviewed translation), The Review of Japanese Culture and Society, December 2013


Recent conference presentations


“Shattering the Everyday: Konto 55 Gō and the Comedy of the Late 60s,” Japanese Studies Association – Honolulu, January 2017


“B-CAS and the Viral Digital Image,” Association for Asian Studies – Seattle, April, 2016


“90 nendai Nihon no dokyumento baraeti ni tozasareta amerikan jōku” (“An American Joke Closed Out of 90s Japanese Documentary Variety”) (in Japanese), Seikei University, Tokyo, Japan, February 2016