Folklore
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

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 transnational migration, 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. 

Dissertations Supervised

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

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