Alumni and Placements

Graduates of Penn State’s American Studies Program have developed careers at a wide range of local, regional, national, and international institutions. This page highlights alumni at institutions outside Penn State who are active in folklore research and teaching. We are always gathering information, so if you would like to offer placement news or updates, please contact

Trevor J. Blank (PhD ’11) – Associate Professor of Communication and Interdisciplinary Studies at the State University of New York at Potsdam.

Amy K. Milligan (PhD ’12) – Batten Endowed Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies and Women’s Studies and Director of the Institute of Jewish Studies and Interfaith Understanding at Old Dominion University.

Jennifer R. Dutch (PhD ’13) – Assistant Professor of English at York College.

David J. Puglia (PhD ’15) – Assistant Professor of English at Bronx Community College of the City University of New York.

Cory Thomas Hutcheson (PhD ’18) – Assistant Professor of English at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania.