Sabina Magliocco

Sabina Magliocco
Full-Time Faculty
(818) 677-4930
Office location:
Sierra Hall, Room 240-G



  • Ph.D., Indiana University, 1988
  • M.A., Indiana University, 1983
  • A.B., Brown University, 1980

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 152, “Culture and Human Behavior”
  • ANTH 222, “Visions of the Sacred” 
  • ANTH 326, “Introduction to Folklore” 
  • ANTH 356, “Peoples and Cultures of the Mediterranean” 
  • ANTH 424, “The Supernatural in the Modern World” 
  • ANTH 475, “Ethnographic Research Methods” 
  • ANTH 490C, “Seminar: Witchcraft in Anthropological Perspective” 
  • ANTH 490C, “Seminar: Dynamics of Oppositionality and Resistance”
  • ANTH 516, “Ethnography as Narrative” 
  • ANTH 602, “Problems in Cultural Anthropology”

Selected Publications and Presentations


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)

Le due Marie di Bessude: festa e trasformazione sociale in Sardegna (Ozieri, Italy: Edizioni Il Torchietto, 1995)

The Two Madonnas: the Politics of Festival in a Sardinian Community (1993; 2nd Edition, Waveland Press, 2005).


Oss Tales & Oss Oss Wee Oss Redux: Beltane in Berkeley (with John Bishop); Media Generation Productions, 2007.

Research and Interests

Dr. Maglioccogrew up in Italy and the United States.  She has published on religion, witchcraft, folklore, foodways, and festival in Europe and the United States, and is an internationally-recognized expert on modern Pagan religions.  A recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment for the Humanities, Fulbright and Hewlett fellowships, and an honorary Fellow of the American Folklore Society, she served as editor of Western Folklore from 2004-2009.   Her non-academic interests include music (she plays guitar and banjo), cooking, gardening and animal welfare: she is Faculty Advisor of the CSUN Cat People, a group dedicated to humane population control and maintenance of campus feral cats.