PhD, University of Leeds
MSc, King’s College London
BA, Durham University
Dr. Samson’s research interests center on contestation over religious spaces, with particular attention to educational contexts and their implications for identity construction. He additionally acts as the Vice-Chair and Secretary of the Geography of Religion and Belief Systems (GORABS) international specialty research group, linked to the American Association of Geographers (AAG). Before coming to DePaul, he was awarded a fellowship to study at the Library of Congress during his doctorate, and also worked as a secondary school geography teacher in England.
GEO 204 Religious Geography
REL 268 Modern Judaism
LSP 112 Globalization
Samson, M.G.M. 2019 (forthcoming). 'Marching at the speed of the slowest man': The facilitation and regulation of student autonomy in a pluralist Jewish day school. Journal of Jewish Education.
Samson, M.G.M. 2019. Off-white, on-stage: Jewish self-representation at Chicago’s 1933–1934 world’s fair. Journal of Historical Geography.
Samson, M.G.M. 2019. Krav maga and chicken soup: Symbolic Jewish identities within and beyond the Jewish school. British Journal of Sociology of Education.
Samson, M.G.M. 2019. Jewish schools and the challenges of denominationalism in England. Contemporary Jewry.
Samson, M.G.M. 2018. Jewish schools rather than Jewish education? School choice and community dynamics in multicultural society. Social & Cultural Geography.
Samson, M.G.M. 2018. Competition or cooperation? Jewish day schools, synagogues, and the (re)construction of young people’s Jewish identities in England. Children’s Geographies 16(3): 225-238.
Samson, M.G.M., Vanderbeck, R.M., and Wood, N. 2018. Fixity and flux: A critique of competing approaches to researching contemporary Jewish identities. Social Compass 65(1): 97-113.
Wilbur Zelinsky Paper Session Award, American Association of Geographers (AAG) (2018).
AHRC/ESRC IPS Fellowship at the Kluge Center, Library of Congress (2016-17).
Christine Leigh Prize for Best Transfer Performance in Human Geography, School of Geography, University of Leeds (2015).
W. A. Moyes Prize for Proficiency in Fieldwork, Geography Department, Durham University (2009).