Penn State Harrisburg

David J. Puglia

· Lecturer in American Studies; Humanities

Biography

David J. Puglia teaches courses in American folk, popular, and regional culture at Penn State Harrisburg. He currently serves as president of the Middle Atlantic Folklife Association and as editor of the scholarly journal New Directions in Folklore. He is the author of South Central Pennsylvania Legends and Lore  and the co-author of Maryland Legends: Folklore from the Old Line State. He has won the Louise E. Hoffman Adjunct Memorial Teaching Award and the Harold F. Martin Outstanding Teaching Award.

Research Interests

  • regional and local culture
  • popular and consumer culture
  • legend and rumor

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to American Studies (AM ST 100)
  • Popular Culture and Folklife (AM ST 105)
  • Introduction to American Folklore (AM ST 196)
  • Effective Speech (CAS 100)
  • Art of the Cinema (COMM 150)
  • Rhetoric and Composition (ENGL 015)

Publications and Research

  • Maryland Legends: Folklore from the Old Line State (with Trevor J. Blank). Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2014.
  • South Central Pennsylvania Legends and Lore. Charleston, SC: The History Press, 2012.