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Jack Santino

Jack (John Francis) Santino, Ph.D. is an academic folklorist.

His work

He holds a professorship in Popular Culture at Bowling Green State University and is Director of the Bowling Green Center for Culture Studies.[1] His work has primarily focused on ritual, celebrations, and holidays as well as occupational culture and popular music. He has been a featured expert on a television special produced by The History Channel, about Hallowe'en.

Along with Paul Wagoner, Santino produced Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle a film, winner of four regional Emmy Awards on African American Pulman car unionisation.[2]

From 1996 to 2000 Santino was the editor of the Journal of American Folklore.[3] During 2002-3 Santino was the President of the American Folklore Society.[3]

Early life

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on August 1, 1947.and received a bachelor's degree in English at Boston College. He then studied Folklore at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1978. His thesis was entitled "The outlaw emotions : workers' narratives from three contemporary occupations".[4] He has nine published books listed in WorldCat. [5] He has three children: Ian, Will and Hannah.


  • Santino, Jack. Spontaneous Shrines and Public Memorializations of Death. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
  • Santino, Jack, and Cristina Sánchez-Carretero. Holidays, ritual, festival, celebration, and public display. Biblioteca de estudios norteamericanos, 7. Alcalá de Henares: Universidad de Alcalá, 2003.
  • Santino, Jack. Signs of War and Peace: Social Conflict and the Use of Public Symbols in Northern Ireland. New York: Palgrave, 2001.
  • Santino, Jack. The Hallowed Eve: Dimensions of Culture in a Calendar Festival in Northern Ireland. Irish literature, history, and culture. Lexington, Ky: University Press of Kentucky, 1998.
  • Santino, Jack. New Old-Fashioned Ways: Holidays and Popular Culture. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1996.[6]
  • Santino, Jack. Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1994.
  • Santino, Jack. All Around the Year: Holidays and Celebrations in American Life. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1994.
  • Santino, Jack. Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle: Stories of Black Pullman Porters. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1989.[7]
  • Santino, Jack. Healing, Magic, and Religion. Los Angeles, Calif: California Folklore Society, 1985.


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