Research into internet folk horror legends about Slenderman by PACF affiliated faculty Jeffery Tolbert was recently featured in Wired.
The Pennsylvania Center for Folklore is pleased to announce that Dr. Jeffrey Tolbert will join the Penn State faculty in the fall of 2018 as Assistant Professor of American Studies. As a member of the graduate faculty, Dr. Tolbert will be offering graduate and undergraduate courses, as well as advising student research, in digital humanities and ethnography, legend and belief, and popular culture. He will also be joining the affiliated faculty of the Pennsylvania Center for Folklore.
Dr. Tolbert was formerly Postdoctoral Fellow in Digital Scholarship at Bucknell University, and has previously taught at Indiana University, Indiana University Purdue, and the University of Baltimore. He is co-editor, with Michael Dylan Foster, of the book The Folkloresque: Reframing Folklore in a Popular Culture World (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 2016), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. He is also a previous recipient of the Henry Glassie Award for his teaching at Indiana University, a Konosuke Matsushita Memorial Foundation Research Grant, and a Louise McNutt Fellowship.
The faculty is excited to welcome Dr. Tolbert and looks forward to the success of his future work at Penn State!
In this unprecedented study, leading scholars and emerging voices from around the world consider how race and ethnicity continue to shape our everyday lives, even as digital technology seems to promise a release from our “real” social identities.
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Simon Bronner, the PACF’s founding director emeritus, published Pennsylvania Germans: An Interpretive Encyclopedia with Johns Hopkins University Press in the spring of 2017. This work was based, in part, on the research collections he worked to develop as Center director.
Read an interview with Bronner about this project here.
In May 2017, Anthony Bak Buccitelli was named editor of Western Folklore, a leading journal of folkloristics in the United States. Published continuously since 1942, Western Folklore is the second oldest journal of folklore studies in the United States, after the Journal of American Folklore. The first full issue of his term as editor, 76.4, will be released in late 2017.