Megan Boyd


Teaching Assistant


2155 Vilas Hall

Megan Boyd

Expertise and Activities

My dissertation project seeks to explain the rise of feature-length comedy in 1910s American cinema. I consider how the film industry’s efforts to solicit middle class and female patrons impacted film comedy. My general research interests include comedy, women and humor, silent film, along with American theater and its taste cultures.


Forthcoming“‘A Ripple of Mirth, Feminine in Sound’: Female Audiences and the Rise of Feature Comedy.” Journal of Cinema and Media Studies. 


  • PhD Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, in progress
  • M.A. Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2014
  • B.A. Film and Media Studies, Washington University in St. Louis, 2012


  • CA 300- Film Comedy
  • CA 355-  Introduction to Media Production
  • CA 350- Introduction to Film
  • CA 100- Introduction to Speech Composition