Folklore handbook featuring work by many Penn Staters given distinction by ALA

The Oxford Handbook of American Folklore and Folklife Studies was edited by PACF director emeritus Simon Bronner, and featuring chapters by current director Anthony Bak Buccitelli, as well as current or former Penn Staters David J. Puglia (CUNY Bronx), Mary Sellers (Penn State, University Park), Cory Thomas Hutcheson (Kutztown University), and Amy K. Milligan (Old Dominion University). It recently was placed on the 2020 American Library Association list of Most Outstanding Reference sources. It is one of seven works selected for this distinction, and the only work in folklore studies! See the link below for more information:


Reference experts announce annual Outstanding Reference Sources list for adults

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 as PACF Director Anthony Bak Buccitelli, PSU lecturer Mary L. Sellers, and alumni Amy K. Milligan, David J. Puglia, and Cory Thomas Hutcheson. For more on this volume, see here.

Simon Bronner publishes book on Pennsylvania German history and culture

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.

Buccitelli becomes editor of Western Folklore


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.