Kathryn Lafrenz Samuels is Assistant Professor and Director of the Cultural and Heritage Management graduate program in the Department of Anthropology. She received her PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University, building on a master's degree in Applied Anthropology from the University of South Florida, and over 10+ years of experience in cultural resource management (CRM). Much of her work integrates archaeology and sociocultural anthropology around issues of cultural heritage, focusing on the transnational contexts of heritage, in the areas of international economic development, transnational industry, human rights, democracy building, and global climate change. Her current book project -- Anthropogenic: The Cultural Heritage of Climate Change -- examines the material heritage of human-caused climate change, connecting the historical development of anthropogenic climate change with debates and responses to climate change in the present. 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.



Selected Publications:


In prep. Anthropogenic: The Cultural Heritage of Climate Change.

2018. Mobilizing Heritage: Anthropological Practice and Transnational Prospects. Gainesville: University Press of Florida. Link

2015. (with T. Rico) Heritage Keywords: Rhetoric and Redescription in Cultural Heritage. Boulder: University Press of Colorado. Link (review) (review) (review)

2012. (with D. Totten) Making Roman Places: Past and Present. Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplement Series 89. Portsmouth, RI: JRA. Link (review)

Technical Reports

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

In press. (with P. van Dommelen) "Punic Heritage in Tunisia," in Oxford Handbook of the Phoenician and Punic Mediterranean, C. López-Ruiz and B. Doak, editors. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

In press. Commentary – From Determinism to Accountability: Archaeology, Anthropology, and Ethics. Archaeological Dialogues.

2019. Deliberate Heritage: Difference and Disagreement After Charlottesville. The Public Historian 41(1): 121–132. Link

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): 69–71. 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): 116–126. Link

2017. Commentary – Climate Archaeology: New Paradigms for Changing Times. Archaeological Review from Cambridge 32(2): 222–228. 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

Other Work

2011. Field Work: Constructing Archaeological and Ethnographic Intersections [book review]. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21(1): 152–156. 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

Areas of Interest

  • Cultural heritage, environmental heritage & climate change, archaeological ethnography & heritage ethnography, international heritage management, rights & democratic practice



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