Megan Boyd

Megan G Boyd

Asst Professor

Old Chemistry Building

728E

A&S Digital Media Cluster (DMC) - 0184

Professional Summary

Megan Boyd primarily examines female audiences' relationship to comedy in film and media. Her research areas more generally encompass comedy and humor, American silent cinema, theater, genre classification and feminine taste cultures. She is currently writing the book project, Sympathetic Humor: Feminine Taste Cultures and the Rise of Feature Comedy, which asserts that film producers' attempts to appeal to female patrons profoundly shaped the American film industry's development of feature-length comedy in the 1910s. Her peer-reviewed work has appeared in Journal of Cinema and Media StudiesFilm History and Early Popular Visual Culture. 

Education

PhD: University of Wisconsin-Madison 2021 (Communication Arts)

MA: University of Wisconsin-Madison 2014 (Communication Arts)

BA: Washington University in St. Louis 2012 (Film and Media Studies)

Research and Practice Interests

Comedy and Humor in Film and Media
Silent Cinema
Transitional Cinema
Women, Gender and Sexuality
Race, Ethnicity and American Nationalism
Theater
Genre 
Audience and Fan Cultures
Distribution and Exhibition within Media Industries
Classical Hollywood
Archival Preservation 
Non-Extant Media
Public Humanities 
 

Positions and Work Experience

2022 - Assistant Professor of Film and Media, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH

2021 -2022 Visiting Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Lawrence University, Appleton, WI

2012 -2021 Graduate Instructor, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Research Support

2021 -2022 American Humor Studies Association Selection for Promising First Book: M. Thomas Hinge First Book Workshops Completed Level:National

2021 -2021 University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate Summer Fellow Type:Fellowship Level:University

2019 -2019 University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Fellow Completed Type:Fellowship Level:University

2018 -2018 University of Wisconsin-Madison Communication Arts Research Grant Completed Type:Grant Level:Department

2017 -2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison Graduate School Fellow Completed Type:Fellowship Level:University

2017 -2017 University of Wisconsin-Madison Sharon Sites Scholarship Completed Type:Grant Level:Department

2016 -2016 University of Wisconsin-Madison Charles C. Pearce Scholarship Completed Type:Grant Level:Department

2016 -2016 University of Wisconsin-Madison Elliott Dissertation Scholarship Type:Grant Level:Department

2012 -2012 University of Wisconsin-Madison First-Year McCarty Scholarship Completed Type:Grant Level:Department

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

Boyd, Megan (2022. ) "A Ripple of Mirth, Feminine in Sound: Female Audiences and the Rise of Feature Comedy" .Journal of Cinema and Media Studies, , 61 (3 ) ,9-35

Boyd, Megan (2021. ) "A Cunning and Altogether Modern Master of Men: The Pursuing Woman in 1910s Feature Comedy" .Film History, , 33 (4 ) ,55-80

Boyd, Megan (2021. ) "An Irregular Fellow: The Misogynist in Silent Comedy" .Early Popular Visual Culture, , 19 (1 ) ,1-20

Published Books

Boyd, Megan (in progress) The Rise of Feature Comedy: Female Audiences and American Film Humor .

Presentations

Paper Presentations

Boyd, Megan (2022. ) "A Cunning and Altogether Modern Master of Men: The Pursuing Woman in 1910s Feature Comedy" .Virtual. Conference. Level:International

Boyd, Megan (Panel Organizer) (2021. ) "Off-Color Laughter: Ethnicity and Comedy in the Early Twentieth Century" .Virtual. Conference. Level:International

Boyd, Megan (2021. ) "Humor Degenerates Too Easily into Ridicule: Racism and Resistance in Ernest Morrison's Early Silent Features" .Virtual. Conference. Level:International

Boyd, Megan (2020. ) "'We Must Have a Female Star': Female Performers and the Rise of Feature-Length Comedy" .Austin, TX (cancelled due to COVID). Conference. Level:National

Boyd, Megan (2019. ) "A Ripple of Mirth, Feminine in Sound: Female Audiences and the Rise of Feature Comedy" .Seattle, WA. Conference. Level:International

Boyd, Megan (2019. ) "Comedy is the Bane of His Existence: The Struggles of Feature Comedy, 1913-1916" .Madison, WI. Conference. Level:National

Boyd, Megan (2018. ) "Wives Who Imagine Themselves Unhappy: 1910s Remarriage Comedies and the Marital Compromise" .Madison, WI. Conference. Level:National

Boyd, Megan (2018. ) "A Satisfactory Meal for the Female Appetite" .Southhampton, UK. Conference. Level:International

Boyd, Megan (2017. ) "'Americanizing' Humor: Silent Feature Comedy and Conceptions of Genre" .Chicago, IL. Conference.

Boyd, Megan (2016. ) "Hoydens and Hair-Raisers: Women in 1910s Feature-Length Comedies" .Milwaukee, Wi. Conference. Level:National

Boyd, Megan (2016. ) "Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Girls: Conceptualizing the 1910s Madcap Cycle" .Atlanta, GA. Conference. Level:International

Boyd, Megan (2015. ) "'Study the Women!': British Female Audiences and the 1910s Star System" .Madison, WI. Conference. Level:National

Boyd, Megan (2015. ) "Placing Performance in Avant-Garde Film" .Montreal, CA. Conference. Level:International

Contact Information

1010 Walnut St
Cincinnati  Ohio, 45202
boydm7@ucmail.uc.edu