Anita M Puckett


Anita Puckett

Associate Professor


207 Solitude
Blacksburg, VA 24061




Department Membership

Religion and Culture


  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Appalachia
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and culture relationships
  • The US South Atlantic

Professional Activities

  • President, Appalachian Studies Association
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Practicing Anthropology
  • The Crooked Road,  Program contributor


  • Ph.. D., University of Texas at Austin, Linguistic Anthropology
  • M.A. , University of Kentucky, Anthropology
  • M. A, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Old English
  • B. A., University of Kentucky, Honors English

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Land Grant Award

    College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Outreach Award

    Department of Interdisciplinary Studies Teaching Award

    Selected Publications


    Seldom Ask, Never Tell:  Labor and Discourse in Appalachia (Oxford, 2000)


    Puckett, Anita. The Pragmatics and Metapragmatics of “Well” in Southeastern Kentucky Conversational Discourse:  Politeness and (Dis)Approval in “Just Talkin.” Southern Journal of Linguistics (2014) 38(1): 69-94.

    Kavanaugh, Andrea, Anita Puckett, and Deborah Tatar.  Scaffolding Technology for Low Literacy Groups:  From Mobile Phone to Desktop PC?  Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (2013) 29:1-15.

    Puckett, Anita.  Language and Power.  In Talking Appalachian: Voice, Identity, and Community. Amy Clark and Nancy Hayward, eds.  Lexington, KY:  University Press of Kentucky.  (2013) Pp. 141-161.

    Puckett, Anita.  The Melungeon Identity Movement and the Construction of Appalachian Whiteness. Journal of Linguistic Anthropology (2001) 11:131-146.


    Sponsored Research

    Puckett, Anita, Principal Investigator. Project Director. Produce Historic Resource Study of Rock Castle Gorge Community, Patrick County, Virginia. Blue Ridge Parkway.  Eastern National Robert M. Utley Research Grant to the Blue Ridge Parkway.  (2011-2016) $15,000. 

    Puckett, Anita, Proposal co-writer/VT faculty co-director.  South Atlantic Regional Humanities Center.  Trilateral Partnership Challenge Grant to establish a regional humanities center as part of the National Endowment for the Humanities Regional Humanities Center Initiative.  Other partners included Virginia Foundation for the Humanities (lead partner) and the University of Virginia. (2002) NEH funding at $378,900;

    Puckett, Anita, Principal Investigator. Principal Investigator:  Sociocultural Impact of Electronic Networking Technology on Rural Appalachia.  Appalachian Regional Commission Emerging Issues Paper contract. (1996-97) Funded at $10,000.



    Additional Information

    Anita Puckett is a linguistic anthropologist with research interests in language and culture relationships, with a special interest in language and materiality and language and technology relations.  She also specializes in an interdisciplinary approach to Appalachian Studies.  She has published in the Journal of Linguistic Anthropology, Pragmatics, Anthropological Quarterly, Journal of Human Computer Interaction, Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association, and the Appalachian Journal, as well as in numerous edited volumes and encyclopedias.  Current research includes drafting of a book-length manuscript titled Memory and Materiality:  Neoliberalism Economic Resistance and the Semiotics of Rock Castle Gorge “Heritage,” a book-length manuscript on cartographies of communicative circulation in the Mountain Valley Pipeline Project, and an historical ethnography on late 18th and early 19th century language, power, and the emergence of a regional English vernacular in Virginia’s New River Valley.