Diane Todd Bucci, Ph.D.
Director, Communications Skills Program, Courses I-V (English Department)
Professor of English and Communications Skills (English Department)
412-397-6455 phone (M)
412-397-6469 fax
Wheatley Center 312

Educational Background

  • Ph.D., American Literature, Indiana University Of Pennsylvania, 2000
  • Master of Arts, American Literature, Indiana University Of Pennsylvania, 1993
  • Bachelor of Arts, English, Penn State, 1984

Professional Background

  • Awards: Mentoring Magic (2011) Outstanding Academic Advisor (2008)

Area of Expertise/Research

  • American Literature
  • Women's Literature
  • Multicultural Literature


  • Bucci, DT. (2014).  "Mining for Meaning:  Reflections on Upton Sinclair's King Coal and Tawni O'Dell's Sister Mine."  In Pennsylvania Literary Journal.
  • Klentzin, J.C. & Bucci, D. T. (2012) "Part-time Faculty and the Academic Library:  A Case Study."  The Journal of Academic Librarianship
  • Bucci, D.T. (Fall 2010).  "The Clothes Make the Man (and Woman):  The Performative Enactment of Identity in Tawni O'Dell's Back Roads."  Americana:  The Journal of American Popular Culture (1900-present).
  • Bucci, D. T. (Summer 2010).  "Integrated Literature:  Using Multi-Ethnic Literature in the Undergraduate Classroom." Teaching American Literature:  A Journal of Theory and Practice."
  • Bucci, D. T. (Spring 2010).  "Blood and Iron:  The Inescapable Familial and Cultural Bonds in Anzia Yezierska's Bread Givers.  Peer English.
  • Bucci, D. T. (Winter 2007).  "Chinese Americans and the Borderland Experience on Golden Mountain:  The Development of a Chinese American Identity in The Woman Warrior:  A Girlhood Among Ghosts."  Ethnic StudiesReview.
  • Bucci, D. T. (2007).  "Ethnicity and the American Dream:  Teaching Literature to Non-Majors."  In American Dreams:Comparative Dialogues in U.S. Studies.Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Press.


  • 2013 - "Ethnic Transformation and the Development of an 'American' Identity in Multiethnic Literature." Presented at the MELUS conference
  • 2011 - "Mining for Meaning: The Mining Industry as Portrayed by Upton Sinclair and Tawni O'Dell." Presented at the Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Cultural Association conference
  • 2011 - "I Had Been as Easy to Rape as the Land He Owned: An Ecofeminist Reading of Tawni O'Dell's Sister Mine." Presented at the Northern Appalachian Network conference
  • 2009 - "Conflicting Identities: The Borderland Experience in Chinese American Literature." Presented at WVU's 33rd Annual Colloquium on Literature and Film
  • 2009 - "Women and Ethnics Encouraged to Apply: Teaching the American Dream in the Undergraduate Classroom." Presented at the College English Association conference
  • 2008 - "Bridging the Gap: Incorporating Ethnic American Literature into the College Classroom." Presented at the English Assoc. of Penn State Universities conference
  • 2004 - "Teaching the Research Paper in the Undergraduate Classroom." Presented at the CEA of Ohio conference
  • 2004 - "The Stuff that Dreams are Made of: August Wilson's Portrayal of the American Dream." Presented at the Northeast MLA conference
  • 2003 - "The American Dream in African American Women's Literature: The Black Femal Protagonist's Pursuit of Upward Mobility." Presented at the Central NY Conference on Language and Literatures conference
  • 2003 - "The American Dream in Literature: The Role of the Borderland in the Ethnic's Pursuit of Upward Mobility." Presented at the Nat'l Assoc of Ethnic Studies conference
  • 2003 - "African American Literature and the American Dream." Presented at the National Association of African American Studies conference