Marilyn R. Pukkila

Faculty Member without Rank: Research and Instruction Librarian, Social Sciences and Humanities, Emerita (Retired)

Office: Miller Library 107D [ campus map ]
Box 5145

Phone: 207-859-5145
Mailing Address:
5145 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901-8851
Pukkila, Marilyn R.


M.S.L.S. (1979) Columbia University
M.A. (1983) University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
B.A. (1977) University of Michigan

Areas of Expertise

  • Information fluency and library instruction
  • Evaluating Web information sources
  • Plagiarism and citation styles
  • Contemporary Witchcraft, Wicca, and Paganism
  • Harry Potter
  • J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Women in myth and fairy tale
  • Spirituality and interfaith dialog
  • Eliminating heterosexism and homophobia
  • LGBTTIQQ, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersexual, questioning and queer issues

Other Courses Taught

CourseCourse Title
RE 277Religious Responses to Harry Potter
EN 231Tolkien's Sources
WG 211Women in Myth and Fairy Tale
RE 275Contemporary Witchcraft

Professional Information

Please visit my Selected Works page

Current Research

Tolkien and the Other


The Literature of Contemporary Wicca: Formalists, Feminists, and Free Spirits, Choice, (March 1999): 1215-1223.
Feminist Spiritualities: A Brief Overview, Choice, (November 1999): 461-477
Wicca, International Encyclopedia of Womens Studies, Routledge, 2000, pp. 2037-2038.
Witchcraft, Contemporary, Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America, Scribners, 2004, pp. 284-285.
Review of The Encyclopedia of Modern Witchcraft and Paganism, Shelley Rabinovitch and James Lewis, eds., in The Pomegranate, v. 6.1 (May 2004): 136-137.
Awaiting Imbolc, Reclaiming Quarterly, n. 96, Winter 2005, n.p.
Sorting Seeds: A Story of Self-Dedication, Celebrating the Pagan Soul, Laura Wildman, Ed. Citadel Press, 2005.
The Other Side of the Podium: Student Information Needs from Inside the Classroom. C&RL News, v. 67 n. 3 (March 2006): 162-164.
Take a Deep Breath: On Not Losing the Turtle in the Technology. Journal of Maine Education, v. 24 (Winter 2008): 35-36.
The Skill of a Seeker: Rowling, Religion, and Gen 9/11. Solon, ME: Polar Bear & Co., 2015


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