David Humphrey

Assistant Professor of Japanese and Global Studies

Ph.D., Japanese New Media | University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Japanese | University of California, Berkeley

David Humphrey received his Ph.D. in Japanese with a designated emphasis in New Media from the University of California, Berkeley, and taught previously at Middlebury College and the University of Notre Dame before coming to Michigan State. His research focuses on the literature, media, and culture of modern and contemporary Japan, and he has published multiple articles in The Journal of Japanese Studies, Japanese Studies Association Journal, and Japan Forum. He currently is working on a book manuscript that examines laughter and comedy’s rise in late 20th and early 21st century Japanese media culture, titled Warai: Laughter’s Temporality and the Media Cultures of Japan. At MSU, he teaches courses on Japanese literature, media, popular culture and language, as well as on global studies from a humanistic perspective.