The Catholic University of America

Joshua Samuels


Dr. Joshua Samuels (PhD, Stanford 2013)
Clinical Assistant Professor
Office: Marist B07E


Dr. Samuels is an historical archaeologist and cultural anthropologist with expertise in “difficult” heritage, landscape archaeology, and Geographic Infomation Systems (GIS). His primary research focuses on small villages and farmhouses constructed under Italy’s Fascist regime in the 1930s and 1940s, and how various groups of people relate to their material remains today. He has also conducted fieldwork in Crete, the mid-Atlantic States, Arizona, and California, in time periods ranging from the Iron Age to the present day..

Josh received his PhD from Stanford University’s Department of Anthropology in 2013, and an MSc in Archaeomaterials from the University of Sheffield in 2004. Before coming to CUA, he taught anthropology and archaeology courses at Stanford University and North Dakota State University, and worked as a GIS Specialist in Cultural Resource Management (CRM). His research has been supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Barbieri Endowment at Trinity College.

Recent Publications:

"Difficult Heritage: Coming ‘to Terms’ with Sicily’s Fascist Past,” in Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, edited by Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels & Trinidad Rico (2015)

“Responsible Provocation,” in Punk Archaeology, edited by Bill Caraher, Koustis Kourelis, & Andrew Reinhard (2014)

“Of Other Scapes: Archaeology, Landscape, and Heterotopia in Fascist Sicily,” Archaeologies 6(1): (2010)




Dr. Samuels' Courses

ANTH 108 - Introduction to Archarology (3 credits). 

 Human cultural development, from the stone tool and cave art of early modern Homo sapiens, through the agricultural revolution in the Near East, Europe, Africa, India and East Asia, and North and South America. 
ANTH 201 - Research Design and Conduct in Anthropology (3 credits)
How anthropologists design and conduct research, form and test propositions about social life and culture, methods used to gather and organize data, and issues in research with human subjects. Spring semesters.
ANTH 214 - Anthropology of Food (3 Credits).  Fall Semesters
Many cultural, social, and environmental questions surround the supply of food:ethical and non-ethical ways to produce food, relation to a healthy environment, how food moves from the farmer to the dinner plate, becomes an expression of our social selves, and related questions in the production, processing and consumption of food. 

ANTH 354: Archaeology of Settlements & Landscapes

The study of human settlements in their cultural and environmental contexts. Uses concepts in physical geography, geomorphology, biodiversity and anthropology to understand changes in communities and their arrangement on the landscape through time. Modern case studies are included with prehistoric examples.