Module Lecturer in TV Studies and Associate Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)
Department of Film and Television Studies
University of Warwick
Coventry, CV4 7HS
Michael Samuel holds a PhD from the University of Leeds. His research—sponsored by a White Rose College of the Arts and Humanities scholarship—explored 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, a BA (Hons) in Screen Studies from Swansea University, and a PGCE from the University of Wales Newport. Though primarily occupied with TV Studies, Michael's research spans a range of disciplines, including Cultural and Heritage Studies, World Cinemas, Technology, Digital Games, Art, Philosophy and Design.
Michael is currently working on several publications, including Northern Exposure A Cultural History (Rowman & Littlefield 2021), Streaming and Screen Cultures in the Asia-Pacific (Palgrave Macmillan 2022), a special dossier on BBC Four for One Hundred Years of the BBC, TV and Heritage and a reader on Claudia Weill's film Girlfriends (1978).
Teaching at Warwick
- 'Television History and Criticism' (Autumn 2020)
- 'World Cinema' (Autumn 2020) — Teaching Assistant (Seminars)
- '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)
- Samuel, M. (2021) Northern Exposure: A Cultural History. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
- Samuel, M., & Mitchell, L. Eds. (2022) Streaming and Screen Culture in Asia-Pacific. Palgrave Macmillan.
- Samuel, M., & Stoddart, S. F. eds. (2017) True Detective: Critical Essays on the HBO Series. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
- Samuel, M., & Weston, L. (2022) 'Special Dossier on BBC Four'. 100 Years of the BBC, Critical Studies in Television.
- 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