Department of
Comparative Arts and Letters

Kerry David Soper — Professor
Comparative Studies, Interdisciplinary Humanities

Picture of Kerry David Soper

Contact Information

Office: 3032 JFSB

Phone: 422-1242


Commonly Taught Courses:

IHUM 202 Western Humanities from the Renaissance to the present IHUM 250 Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies IHUM 262 American Humanities 1876 to the present IHUM 350 Interpretation of Literature and the Arts IHUM 490R American Culture in the 1950s and 1960s IHUM 490R Satire and Comedy in American Culture IHUM 490R Popular Genre Film in the The United States

Vita: Link to Vita


Kerry Soper studied art as an undergraduate at Utah State University. He then attended Emory University where he pursued an MA and PhD in American Studies.

His primary research interests include comic strips, comedy, satire, American art history, and popular film.  He has published two books with The University Press of Mississippi: Garry Trudeau: The Aesthetics of Satire (; and We Go Pogo: Walt Kelly, Politics and American Satire (

In addition to teaching in the Interdisciplinary Humanities and American Studies programs at BYU, he paints landscapes and attempts to bridge the gap between theory and practice by publishing cartoons and short satiric pieces in The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Here is a sampling of that work:


Kerry's landscape paintings are featured on this site:

Degrees: PhD, Emory University,1998
MA, Emory University,1998
BFA, Utah State University,1992


Fly-fishing, plein-air painting, soccer.