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'scurrent 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 , andHalloween 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.”