Graduate students publish on folklore and ethnography topics in 2018-19!

Our American studies graduate students have had a great year in research overall, publishing and presenting their work on a wide range of topics and in many venues. Congratulations to these talented researchers! Here’s a sampling of student publications related...

Sign up for fall classes in folklore and ethnography!

Undergraduate-only courses: Cams 045 Classical Mythology (multiple sections, Abington/WEB) Amst/Engl 105 Popular Culture and Folklife (multiple sections, locations) Cmlit 108 Myths And Mythologies (multiple sections, locations/WEB) Ger 157 Pennsylvania Germans...

Bronner publishes Oxford Handbook, featuring work by many Penn State folklorists.

PACF Director emeritus Simon J. Bronner’s newly released Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife presents 43 chapters on a wide range of aspects in folklore and folklife studies by leading scholars. Among these chapters are essays by Bronner himself, as well...

Foster and Tolbert’s The Folkloresque featured on New Books Network

Below is an excerpt from the NBN post. Read the full post and listen to the interview with co-editor Michael Dylan Foster here. This volume introduces a new concept to explore the dynamic relationship between folklore and popular culture: the “folkloresque.” With...

Russell Frank receives award from Society of Professional Journalists Keystone Chapter

PACF affiliated faculty member Russell Frank has been recognized for his daily commentary writing with a 2019 Society of Professional Journalists Best in Journalism Award! Read more about Frank’s honor...

Apes of the State to play at PSH on April 25!

Thursday, April 25, 2019. Stacks Market Stage, Olmsted Building at 7:00 p.m. Go to our Facebook page to let us know you’re coming! Hailing from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Apes of the State is a self-described “folk-pop-punk” group. Their first album, This City...

The Pennsylvania Center for Folklore (formerly the Center for Pennsylvania Culture Studies), founded in 1990, is committed to studying, documenting, and interpreting historical and contemporary cultural traditions and communities, especially in Pennsylvania, in order to promote greater knowledge of the diverse range of folklore and folklife across the commonwealth, region, and nation.”

Advised by a board of experts from several Penn State campuses, as well as institutions and organizations regionally and nationally, the Center develops and supports research, collections, courses, degrees, and events related to folklore and folk cultures. 

The Center is affiliated with the Penn State Harrisburg School of Humanities and its American Studies program.

Affiliated Faculty

Affiliated faculty are based at either the Harrisburg or University Park campuses, as noted below. Click on each image for further information.

Anthony Bak Buccitelli
Anthony Bak Buccitelli

Director

Associate Professor of American Studies & Communications, Harrisburg

 Russell Frank
Russell Frank

Associate Professor of Communications, University Park

 Spencer Green

Spencer Green

Assistant Teaching Professor of English Composition, Harrisburg

Mary Napoli

Mary Napoli

Associate Professor of Reading and Children’s Literature, Harrisburg

Kimberly Powell
Kimberly Powell

Associate Professor of Education, Art Education, Music Education and Asian Studies, University Park

Puja Sahney
Puja Sahney

Lecturer of Globalization Studies, SUNY-Albany

Lecturer of Material Culture & Folklife, Harrisburg

Jeffrey Tolbert

Assistant Professor of American Studies and Folklore

Joseph M. Valente

Associate Professor of Education, University Park

Sally Van de Water
Sally Van de Water

Lecturer of Public Folklore, Harrisburg

Vivian Yenika-Agbaw

Vivian Yenika-Agbaw
Professor of Education, University Park
 

Simon J. Bronner

Simon J. Bronner

Founding Director Emeritus

Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Folklore, Harrisburg

Dean, College of General Studies, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Irwin Richman

Irwin Richman

Professor Emeritus of American Studies and History, Harrisburg

Scholar-in-Residence, Landis Valley Museum

 

External Advisers

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 Jing Li

Jing Li

Associate Professor and Chair, East Asian Studies, Gettysburg College

Peter Seibert

Peter Seibert

Executive Director, Historic Area at Colonial Williamsburg Foundation

Amy Skillman

Academic Director, Cultural Sustainability Program, Goucher College

Mary Hufford

Senior Research Scientist, Dept of Religion and Culture,Virginia Polytechnic Institute

 

 

 

Staff

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Jeremy Boorum

 Jeremy Boorum

Graduate Archivist/M.A. Student, American Studies, Harrisburg

Jared Miles

Jared Miles

Graduate Archivist/M.A. Student, American Studies, Harrisburg

 

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