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Anita M. Puckett

Anita Puckett, Associate Professor

Anita Puckett, Associate Professor
Anita Puckett, Associate Professor

Department of Religion and Culture
207 Solitude
Blacksburg, VA 24061
540-231-9526 |

Anita Puckett is a linguistic anthropologist with research interests in language and culture relationships, particularly language and materiality and language and technology relations. She also specializes in an interdisciplinary approach to Appalachian Studies. 

Puckett 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.

Puckett’s current research includes drafting of 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. 

  • Linguistic Anthropology
  • Appalachia
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and culture relationships
  • The US South Atlantic
  • PhD, University of Texas at Austin, Linguistic Anthropology
  • MA, University of Kentucky, Anthropology
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Old English
  • BA, University of Kentucky, Honors English
  • President, Appalachian Studies Association
  • Editorial Advisory Board Member, Practicing Anthropology
  • Program Contributor, The Crooked Road 
  • 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


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

Journal Articles

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.

  • 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.

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