Dr. Megan Strain

Associate Professor

Office: COPH 320E   |    Phone: (308) 865-8239   |    Email: strainml@unk.edu

Dr. Megan Strain

Courses Taught

  • Behavioral Statistics
  • Experimental Social Psychology
  • Psychology of Humor
  • General Psychology
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Research Methods
  • Psychological Inquiry

Research Interests

  • Disparagement humor
  • Gender issues


Saucier, D. A., Strain, M. L., O’Dea, C. J., Sanborn, M., & Martens, A. L. (2020). “Don’t laugh it off: Gender differences in perceptions of women’s responses to men’s use of sexist humor.  HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Researchhttps://doi.org/10.1515/humor-2019-0100  

Saucier, D. A., Webster, R. J., McManus, J. L., Sonnentag, T. L., O’Dea, C. J., & Strain, M. L. (2018). Individual differences in masculine honor beliefs and support for war and aggressive security policies.  Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 24, 112-116. doi: 10.1037/pac0000303  

Saucier, D. A., Strain, M. L., Miller, S. S., O’Dea, C. J., & Till, D. F. (2018). “What do you call a Black guy who flies a plane?”:  The effects and understanding of disparagement and confrontational racial humor. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 31, 105-128. doi: 10.1515/humor-2017-0107  

Strain, M. L., Martens, A. L., & Saucier, D. A. (2016). "Rape is the new black": Humor's potential for reinforcing and subverting rape culture. Translational Issues in Psychological Science, 2, 86-95. doi: 10.1037/tps0000057

Strain, M. L., Hockett, J. M., & Saucier, D. A. (2015). Precursors to rape: Pressuring behaviors and rape proclivity. Violence and Victims, 30,

Strain, M. L., Saucier, D. A., & Martens, A. L. (2015). Sexist humor in Facebook profiles: Perceptions of Humor Targeting Women and Men. HUMOR: International Journal of Humor Research, 28, 119-141.

Strain, M. L. (2014). Aggressive and harmless humor. In S. Attardo (Ed.), Encyclopedia of humor studies. SAGE Publications, Inc.

Saucier, D. A., Webster, R. J., Hoffman, B. H., & Strain, M. L. (2014). Social vigilantism and reported use of strategies to resist persuasion. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 120-125.