Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Debra Lattanzi Shutika

Associate Professor

Sense of Place, Appalachian Studies, Transnational Migration

Debra Lattanzi Shutika is a folklorist specializing in critical race, sense of place and Appalachian studies. She received a Ph.D and M.A. in Folklore and Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001 and 1999 respectively, and an M.A. in American Literature from GMU in 1993.

She teaches digital storytelling, Appalachian folklore American and Latino folklore, sense of place, and bodylore. She is author of Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico (2011, University of California Press), winner of the 2012 Chicago Folklore Prize. She is the director of the Mason-Library of Congress Field School for Cultural Documentation. Her current research is an ethnographic study of the National Parks Service Summer in the Parks program in the 1960s. 

Selected Publications

Beyond the Borderlands: Migration and Belonging in the United States and Mexico. University of California Press, 2011.

Grants and Fellowships

Summer in the Parks: National Park Service

Courses Taught

ENGH 412: Digital Storytelling

ENGH 591/417: Field School for Cultural Documentation

ENGH 301: Fields of English

ENGH 591/417: Bodylore

ENGH 591/417: Appalachian Folklore

ENGH 315: Folklore and Folklife

ENGH 316: Topics in Myth and Literature: Changelings and Fairies

ENGH 484: Writing Ethnography

ENGH 681: Sense of Place

ENGH 681: Pathways to Folklore Scholarship

ENGH 412: Latin American Folklore

Dissertations Supervised

Noel Lopez, Young Patriots: Vanguard of the Dispossessed (2020)

Matthew Malzkuhn, Preservation, Revitalization, and Validity of Home Movies: Deaf Folklife Films as a Case Study (2019)

Young A. Jung, Emplacing Parenting: Migration and Belonging among Korean Gireogi Families (2014)

Jason Morris, Local Renewable Energy Actions in the Washington D.C. Region: Political Economy, Place, Policy and Culture (2014)