Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
Dr. Elizabeth Sills received her Ph.D from Louisiana State University and her M.A. in communication studies from the University of Montana. Her interests lie in rhetorics, philosophies, and cultural consequences surrounding comedy, humor, and any other catalysts of mirth that constitute The Funny. Other examples of her work may be found in Comedy Studies, Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication and in the 2013 Eisner Award-winning volume Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation. She also enjoys teaching standup comedy skills to her students and hosting workshops that teach community members how to understand and make use of the funniness of their everyday lives.
Sills is president of the Lighthearted Philosophers’ Society, a group of scholars dedicated to studying philosophies of humor in funny ways. She is also serving a two-year term as president of the Speech Communication Association of South Dakota. On campus, she is the advisor for the communication studies honorary, Lambda Pi Eta, and a co-advisor of Northern's Feminist Club.