Jack Santino

American academic

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Jack Santino
Jack Santino

August 1, 1947 (1947-08) (age 75)
EducationBoston College, University of Pennsylvania
ChildrenHannah Santino
Ian Santino
Will Santino

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

His work

He is a Professor of 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. He 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.


  • 2005: Spontaneous Shrines and Public Memorializations of Death, New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • 2003: (with Cristina Sánchez-Carretero) Holidays, Ritual, Festival, Celebration, and Public Display, Biblioteca de Estudios Norteamericanos, 7. Alcalá de Henares: Universidad de Alcalá.
  • 2001: Signs of War and Peace: Social Conflict and the Use of Public Symbols in Northern Ireland, New York: Palgrave.
  • 1998: 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: Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle: Stories of Black Pullman Porters. Urbana: University of Illinois Press.[6]
  • 1996: New Old-Fashioned Ways: Holidays and Popular Culture, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.[7]
  • 1994: Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press.
  • 1994: All Around the Year: Holidays and Celebrations in American Life, Urbana: University of Illinois Press.
  • 1985: Healing, Magic, and Religion, Los Angeles, Calif: California Folklore Society.

See also


  1. ^ "Jack Santino - Popular Culture - BGSU". Bgsu.edu. 2013-01-07. Archived from the original on 2013-12-07. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  2. ^ "Miles of Smiles - About Film". Paul Wagner Films. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b "About the American Folklore Society: AFS Leadership". The American Folklore Society. Archived from the original on 7 October 2010.
  4. ^ Santino, Jack (1978). "The outlaw emotions : workers' narratives from three contemporary occupations". University of Pennsylvania. OCLC 7285613. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  5. ^ Santino, Jack. "Results for 'Jack Santino' > 'Jack Santino' > 'Book'". Worldcat.org. Retrieved 2014-03-30.
  6. ^ Reviewed in Oral History Review 1990 18(2):157-160
  7. ^ Reviewed by Daniel Wojcik, Western Folklore, Vol. 58, No. 1 (Winter, 1999), pp. 93–96, Western States Folklore Society
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