Penn State Harrisburg

Anthony B. Buccitelli, Ph.D.

· Assistant Professor of American Studies and Communications; Humanities


Anthony Bak Buccitelli is assistant professor of American studies and communications. He holds a Ph.D. in American and New England studies from Boston University and an M.A. in folklore from the University of California, Berkeley. He currently serves as Director of Penn State’s Center for Holocaust and Jewish Studies. He has previously served as co-editor of Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture from 2006-2014 and represented the American Folklore Society as part of its Forum on Intangible Cultural Heritage Professional Exchange with the China Folklore Society in 2013. He is also the recipient of an Angela J. and James J. Rallis Memorial Award and an Alice M. Brennan Humanities Award in 2010, given by the Humanities Foundation at Boston University, and the Oberlin College Fellowship for Alumni in 2009.

Buccitelli is the author of City of Neighborhoods: Memory, Folklore, and Ethnic Place in Boston (2016, University of Wisconsin Press) and editor of Race and Ethnicity in Digital Culture Our Changing Traditions, Impressions, and Expressions in a Mediated World (forthcoming, Praeger Books). His essays have appeared in the Journal of American Folklore, Oral History, Culture and Religion, and Western Folklore, among others. 

Research Interests

  • Digital culture 
  • Consumer culture 
  • History of technology and mass media 
  • Folk narrative 
  • Festive culture 
  • Space and place 
  • Ethnic and urban history and culture
  • Vernacular religion