Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels
Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels is an Assistant Professor with expertise in cultural heritage, environmental anthropology, political anthropology, and international development. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University in 2010, building on a masters degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida. Much of her work integrates archaeological and sociocultural anthropology around issues of cultural heritage, focusing on the transnational contexts of heritage, in the areas of international economic development, human rights, democracy building, and global climate change. Her current book project (Anthropogenic: Carbon Heritage and Climate Change) examines the heritage of human-caused climate change through the historic resources and material infrastructure of carbon-based energy resources at several sites in the United States. This research draws attention to the historic conditions of anthropogenic climate change, based in fossil fuels, and the implication of this past within contemporary adaptation and mitigation efforts as a way of reflecting upon and mobilizing social change. Dr. Lafrenz Samuels’ work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Institute of Maghrib Studies, the US-Norway Fulbright Foundation, and the National Science Foundation.
In press. Mobilizing Heritage: Anthropological Practice and Transnational Prospects. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.
2016. (with A. Markham, E. Osipova, and A. Caldas) World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate. Nairobi/Paris: UNEP & UNESCO. Link
Articles and Chapters
2017. New Challenges for Cultural Heritage: Supporting Biodiversity in the Face of Climate Change [Introduction to Special Issue "Cultural Heritage, Biodiversity, and Climate Change"]. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) 39(2). Link
2017. Biodiversity in World Heritage Cultural Landscapes: Possibilities and Problems for Communicating Climate Change and Mobilizing Mitigation. Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment (CAFE) 39(2). Link
2016. (with M. Ferrer Martin) "Women's Ritual Practice in the Western Phoenician and Punic World," in Women in Antiquity: Real Women Across the Ancient World, S. Budin and J. Turfa, editors, pp. 533-552. London: Routledge.
2016. Transnational Turns for Archaeological Heritage: From Conservation to Development, Governments to Governance. Journal of Field Archaeology 41(3): 355-367. Link
2016. The Cadence of Climate: Heritage Proxies and Social Change. Journal of Social Archaeology 16(2): 142-163. Link
2015. "Introduction: Heritage as Persuasion," in Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, K. Lafrenz Samuels and T. Rico, editors, pp. 3-28. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. Link
2015. "Heritage Rights and the Rhetoric of Reality in Pre-Revolution Tunisia," in Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage, K. Lafrenz Samuels and T. Rico, editors, pp. 243-258. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. Link
2015. (with I. Lilley) "Transnationalism and Heritage Development," in Global Heritage: A Reader, L. Meskell, editor, pp. 217-239. Malden, MA: Wiley. Link
2012. (with D. Totten) "Roman Place-Making: Archaeological Interpretation and Contemporary Heritage Contexts," in Making Roman Places, D. Totten and K. Lafrenz Samuels, editors, pp. 11-33. Portsmouth, RI: JRA.
2012. "Roman Archaeology and the Making of Heritage Citizens in Tunisia," in Making Roman Places, D. Totten and K. Lafrenz Samuels, editors, pp. 159-170. Portsmouth, RI: JRA. Link
2010. "Heritage Management and Poverty Reduction," in Heritage and Globalisation, S. Labadi and C. Long, editors, pp. 200-215. London/New York: Routledge. Link
2009. Trajectories of Development: International Heritage Management of Archaeology in the Middle East and North Africa. Archaeologies: The Journal of the World Archaeological Congress 5(1): 68-91. Link
2008. Value and Significance in Archaeology. Archaeological Dialogues 18(1): 71-97. Link
2011. Field Work: Constructing Archaeological and Ethnographic Intersections [book review]. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21(1): 152-156. Link
2011. Interview with the Leiden-Stanford Heritage Network. Link
2007. (with S. De Vivo and D. Totten) Proceedings of 'Cultures of Contact: Archaeology, Ethics, and Globalization.' Stanford Journal of Archaeology vol. 5. Link
Works in Progress
[book] Anthropogenic: Carbon Heritage and Climate Change
[article] "The Double Edge of Cultural Heritage: Rights, Patrimony, and Customary Law in Tunisia"
[article] "Climate Legacies: Carbon Heritage and Intergenerational Rights"
[book chapter] "Punic Heritage in Tunisia" (with Peter van Dommelen). In Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean (C. López-Ruiz and B. Doak, eds). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Cultural heritage, transnational heritage, heritage development, heritage ethnography, environmental anthropology, climate change, energy resources, political anthropology, democracy, ethnographic writing, Middle East and North Africa, and the Arctic
Method and Theory in Sociocultural Anthropology (ANTH 360)
Anthropology of Cultural Heritage (ANTH 464/664)
Critical Heritage (449A/649A)
Development of Social/Cultural Theory (ANTH 760)
Department of Anthropology