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 co-editor for Cultural Analysis: An Interdisciplinary Forum on Folklore and Popular Culture, on the editorial boards of Alternative Spirituality and Religions Review and New Directions in Folklore, and on the Executive Committee of the Western States Folklore Society. He has also served on the Council of the New England American Studies Association. 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. His current book project Remembering Our Town: Social Memory, Folklore, and (Trans) Locality in Three Ethnic Neighborhoods in Boston examines the interrelationship of ethnicity and place identity in the vernacular memory practices of urban ethnic neighborhoods. His other publications include his chapter “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), journal articles on digital hyperlocality, and reference entries for Multicultural America: A Multicultural Encyclopedia and Celebrating Latino Folklore: An Encyclopedia of Cultural Traditions.

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