Ritual, festival and religion; folklore and expressive culture (narrative and belief, vernacular healing, material culture); magic and witchcraft; modern Pagan religions; narrative; ethnic/regional/national identity issues; gender; cultural studies and critical theory; animal studies; ethnographic methodology and writing.
Sabina Magliocco, Ph.D. grew up in Italy and the United States. She received an AB from Brown University in 1980 and a Ph.D. from Indiana University – Bloomington in 1988. She has taught at California State University, where she served two terms as department chair, as well as the University of California – Berkeley, the University of California – Santa Barbara, UCLA, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. A recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright and Hewlett fellowships, and an honorary Fellow of the American Folklore Society, she has published on religion, folklore, foodways, festival and witchcraft in Europe and the United States, and is a leading authority on the modern Pagan movement. Her current research is on nature and animals in the spiritual imagination. Prof. Magliocco has appeared as an occasional guest on a number of popular television series about modern legends and beliefs.
Witching Culture: Folklore and Neo-Paganism in America (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2004)
Neo-Pagan Sacred Art and Altars: Making Things Whole (University of Mississippi Press, 2001)
The Two Madonnas: the Politics of Festival in a Sardinian Community (Lang, 1993; 2nd Edition, Waveland Press, 2005). Winner, 1994 Chicago Folklore Prize
“Oss Tales” film series (with John Bishop). Media Generation Productions, 2007. Royal Anthropological Film Festival Selection, University of Manchester, 2007.
30+ peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on topics ranging from Italian American foodways to festival revival in Sardinia, historical and modern witchcraft, the nature of belief, the practice of magic, and fairies.
2016 Fellow, Nature, Art and Habitat Writing Residency, Taleggio, Italy
2004 Honorary Fellow, American Folklore Society
2001 National Endowment for the Humanities Research Fellowship
1996 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1994 The Chicago Folklore Prize
1989 Fulbright Post-Doctoral Research Grant, Italy
1985 Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Research Grant, Italy