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Dr Michael Samuel

Module Lecturer in TV Studies and Associate Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies (IAS)


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—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 and BA (Hons) in Screen Studies from Swansea University, and a PGCE from the University of Wales, Newport. Though primarily occupied with Film and Television 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 (publisher tba) and a reader on Claudia Weill's film Girlfriends (1978).

Teaching at Warwick


  • 'Television History and Aesthetics' (Spring 2021)
  • 'Television History and Criticism' (Autumn 2020)
  • 'World Cinema' (Autumn 2020) — Teaching Assistant
  • '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)

    Select Publications

    • Samuel, M. (2021) Northern Exposure: A Cultural History. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
    Edited Collections


    • Samuel, M., & Weston, L. (2022) 'Special Dossier on BBC Four'. 100 Years of the BBC, Critical Studies in Television.
    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