Lisabeth G. Dashman

Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany – SUNY [In progress]
M.B.A. Technology Management, University of Phoenix, 1997
M.A. Psychology, Hunter College – CUNY, 1978
B.M. Music Therapy, Michigan State University, 1974
B.A. Philosophy/Sociology, Goucher College, 1972


Research Interests:
Semiotics, Metaphors, Speech Markers, Linguistic Landscape, Humor

Area of Study / Field site:

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. James Collins, Linguistics & Cognitive Science

After completing my MA, I intended to pursue a PhD in Anthropology, but, as John Lennon pointed out, “Life is what happens while you're busy making other plans.” After many years of working in Marketing Communications, I am particularly interested in signs: what they are, how they work, who uses them, how they can leverage humor, and how humor affects the audience’s reaction. I would like to better understand why something strikes us as funny, and the different ways “funny” can be interpreted.