Anthony B. Buccitelli, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Communications, School of Humanities
Director, Pennsylvania Center for Folklore
American Studies MA Graduate Faculty
American Studies PhD Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6727
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W356
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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 Pennsylvania Culture Studies, as editor of the journals Western Folklore and SOAR: The Society of Americanists Review, and as supervising editor of New Errands: The Undergraduate Journal of American 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 the book 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 research articles have appeared in the Journal of American Folklore, Oral History, Culture and Religion, Cultural Analysis, and Western Folklore, among others.

Research Interests
Digital culture
Performance and practice theories
Folk narrative
Festive culture
Space and place
Memory studies
Ethnic and urban history and culture
History of US immigration
History of technology