Kerry David Soper

Professor, Comparative Arts & Letters

3032 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

I’m devoted to methods of active learning that encourage students to think critically and independently. I also promote hands-on/experiential learning and collaborative work with both me and the students’ classmates. My hope is that students develop the type of transferable skills in thinking, writing and presenting that will help them in any career and set them up to become lifetime learners.


My areas of research include Popular Culture (American and British), Comedy, Satire, Comics, Film, American Studies and American art history.

Selected Publications

Three books that I’ve published:

Gary Larson and The Far Side. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2018.

We Go Pogo: Walt Kelly, Politics, and American Satire. Jackson: University Press of
Mississippi, 2012.

Garry Trudeau: Doonesbury and the Aesthetics of Satire. Jackson: University Press of
Mississippi, 2008.


I’ve worked a lot with student groups over the years–as Director of American Studies, as the Section head for the IHUM program and as the advisor of several student clubs. I’ve also served on the FAC, on the college advancement committee–and currently as the assessment coordinator for my department.

Citizenship assignments

  •  Member, Dean’s Search Committee, College of Fine Arts, 2014-2015
  •  Member, Faculty Advisory Council, 2008-2011
  •  Honors Program affiliate, 2000-2020
  •  Member, Humanities College Rank and Status Committee, 2016-2019
  •  Director, American Studies Program, 2005-2008
  •  CAL Assessment Coordinator, 2019-present
  •  Advisor, IHUM Club 2014-2019
  • Section Head, Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, 2010-2014
  •  Member, Faculty Development Committee, 2003-2005
  •  Book review editor, Journal of American Culture, 2018-present