David Humphrey


B-361 Wells Hall

FacultyLinguistics, Languages, and CulturesGlobal Studies in Arts and Humanities

Assistant Professor
Japanese; Global Studies in Arts and Humanities


Ph.D., Japanese | 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 media and culture of modern and contemporary Japan, and he has published in the International Journal of Communicationthe Journal of Japanese StudiesJapanese Studies Association Journal, and Japan Forum. He is the author of a forth-coming book, entitled The Time of Laughter: Comedy and the Media Cultures of Japan, which examines laughter and comedy’s rise in late 20th and early 21st century Japanese media culture. He is also working on a second book manuscript on digital culture in Japan.

At MSU, he teaches courses on Japanese literature, media, popular culture and language, as well as on global studies. In addition to serving as a core faculty member of the program in Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities, he is also an affiliated faculty member of the Film Studies and Digital Humanities programs.


JPN491 Topics in Japanese Studies

JPN369 Japanese Literature and Culture I

GSAH312 Global Digital Cultures

GSAH850 Seminar on Global Theories and Concepts

JPN101 Elementary Japanese I

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College Welcomes 30 New Faculty and Staff Members
Published August 30, 2018 in College of Arts & Letters
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This year, the College of Arts & Letters welcomes 30 new faculty and staff members. They include the following:  Qais Assali Qais Assali, Visiting Assistant Professor and…Read now »