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Dr Michael Samuel

Visiting Lecturer in Film and Television Studies


Department of Film and Television Studies
Millburn House
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS


Michael Samuel holds a PhD from the University of Leeds. His research, which was sponsored by the White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities, proposes a new television category—'Popular Factual Heritage Television'—which is justified through the analysis of the depiction of British heritage across a cycle of popular factual programmes produced in the UK, post-2008, and their relationship with Britain's heritage industry. Prior to his PhD, he earned a Masters by Research in Media Studies and a BA (Hons) in Screen Studies from Swansea University, and a PGCE from the University of Wales Newport. Michael's research spans a range of disciplines, including popular factual and reality television, heritage and cultural studies, popular culture, technology and consumption, and World Cinemas, and his publication record is equally diverse. He has taught at the University of Warwick since 2019, overseeing the design and delivery of a core undergraduate and postgraduate Television Studies module, respectively, and facilitating seminars in Film Studies. While exploring foundational and emerging Television Theory, his teaching, like his research, prioritises an interdisciplinary approach, incorporating theory from Film, Video Game and Cultural Studies to account for the increasingly converged nature of visual media and contemporary modes of distribution, interaction and consumption.

Teaching at Warwick


  • 'Television History and Criticism' (Autumn 2020)
  • 'Television History and Criticism' (Spring 2020)
  • 'MA in Television History and Aesthetics' (Autumn, 2019)
  • 'Television History and Criticism' (Spring 2019)
  • 'World Cinemas Brazil' (Autumn, 2019) — Teaching assistant (seminars)
  • 'Film Aesthetics' (Autumn, 2019) — teaching assistant (seminars)

Research Interests

  • Television
  • Cultural Studies
  • Heritage Studies
  • Film
  • Video Games

    Select Publications

    • Samuel, M. (2021) Northern Exposure: A Cultural History. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    Edited Collection
    Co-Written Chapters
    • Samuel, M., & Stoddart, S. F. (2018) ‘“Even Elizabeth Bennett paid to see what Pemberley was like inside”: The Manor House as Character’. In Stoddart, S. F. ed. Exploring Downton Abbey: Critical Essays about the PBS Series. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.: 15-32.
    • Samuel, M., & Stoddart, S. F. (2017) “Introduction”. In Samuel, M., & Stoddart, S. F. eds. True Detective: Critical Essays on the HBO Series. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books: 1-15.
    Chapters In Edited Collections
    • Samuel, M. (2015) ‘Reclaiming Past, Resisting Progression: Existential Tensions in Red Dead Redemption’. In Stoddart, S. F. ed. The New Western: Critical Essays on the Genre Since 9/11. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co.:172-88.
    • Samuel, M. (2014) ‘The Storm: Spatial Discourses and Katrina Narratives in Treme’ in Marotte, M. R. & Jellenik, G. eds. 10 Years After Katrina: Critical Perspectives of the Storm’s Effect on American Culture and Identity. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books: 33-56.
    Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
    • Samuel, M. (2017) ‘Time Wasting and the Contemporary Viewing Experience’. University of Toronto Quarterly, 86 (4): 78-89.

    Teaching at Other Institutions

    • Royal Holloway University of London. Convened and delivered the 'MA in Media as a Cultural Industry'
    • University of Birmingham (2017-19)
      • Module leader — 'Film Genres 1 & 2', 'Film Theory and Criticism 1 & 2'
      • Visiting lecturer — 'MA in Film and Television Studies' (2 workshops on Reality Television and Heritage)
    • The City University of New York (CUNY) — Visiting Scholar, leading 'War on Film' module and co-editor of book on television series True Detective 
    • University of Leeds (2014-19) — Guest Speaker, Centre for World Cinemas and Digital Cultures 'Cineforum' seminar series: delivered a guest seminar on the films of Whit Stillman
    • Swansea University (2011-13) — Seminar Tutor on Film Representation, Television Drama, Signing the Screen: Film Authorship