Ph.D. (Folklore), University of Pennsylvania
Dr. Santino has served as Director of the Bowling Green Center for Popular Culture Studies, was a Fulbright Scholar to Northern Ireland, and an Emmy Award winner for his documentary film on Pullman Porters. Dr. Santino's current research centers on celebrations and holidays and their cultural meaning, with a particular focus on Northern Ireland and the use of commemorative murals and other forms of expressive behavior as reflective of political, social, and cultural identity.
Recent Graduate Courses: Northern Irish Folk Customs; Popular Music of the 1950s; Popular Music of the 1960s; Holidays and Celebrations. Undergraduate Courses: same courses as graduate and also "Introduction to Popular Music."
Representative publications include the books New Old-Fashioned Ways: Holidays and Popular Culture (Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 1996), Miles of Smiles, Years of Struggle: Stories of Black Pullman Porters, All Around the Year: Holidays and Celebrations in American Life , and Halloween and Other Festivals of Death and Life, Spontaneous Shrines and the Public Memorialization of Death (Palgrave Macmillan, 2006) and such articles as “Yellow Ribbons and Seasonal Flags: The Folk Assemblage of War,” “The Outlaw Emotions: Narrative Expressions on the Rules and Roles of Occupational Identity,” and “Not An Unimportant Failure: Spontaneous Shrines and Festivals of Death and Politics in Northern Ireland.”