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, as well as on committees for the American Folklore Society, the Eastern American Studies Association, and the editorial boards of several academic journals. He has previously served as co-editor of Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture. He was 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 (forthcoming, University of Wisconsin Press) and editor of Race and Ethnicity in the Virtual World: How the Digital Age Is Changing Our Impressions and Expressions (forthcoming, Praeger Books). He is also the author of various journal articles and book chapters including “The Reluctant Folklorist: Jon Y. Lee, Paul Radin, and the Fieldwork Process” (Journal of American Folklore, 2015), “Paying to Play: Digital Media, Commercialization, and the Scholarship of Alan Dundes” (Western Folklore, 2015), “Virtually a Local: Folk Geography, Discourse, and Local Identity on the Geospatial Web” (Western Folklore, 2013), and “Performance 2.0: Observations Toward a Theory of the Digital Performance of Folklore” (in Folk Culture in the Digital Age, Utah State University Press, 2012).

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