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Maxim Samson

  • msamson6@depaul.edu
  • Adjunct Professor
  • ​PhD​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
  • Geography
  • Adjunct Faculty
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PhD, University of Leeds 
MSc, King’s College London 
BA, Durham University

Dr. Samson’s research interests center on contestation over questions of identity and practice across a range of religious and educational spaces, from places of worship and religious schools to theatrical productions and city streets. His current research explores the implications of securitization for religious practice and associated issues of citizenship and belonging in contemporary society. Dr. Samson also 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). 

​​Courses Offered: 
GEO 204 Religious Geography 
LSP 112 Globalization
LSP 200 Multiculturalism: Diversity in the Urban Landscape
REL 268 Modern Judaism 

Publications: 
Samson, M.G.M. 2020. Jewish schools rather than Jewish education? School choice and community dynamics in multicultural society. Social & Cultural Geography 21(2): 222-244. doi:10.1080/14649365.2018.1480057

Samson, M.G.M. 2019. Spectacles against the swastika: Informal education through Meyer Weisgal’s 1930s theatrical productions. GeoHumanities. doi:10.1080/2373566X.2019.1689151

Samson, M.G.M. 2019. ‘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 85(3): 268-292. doi:10.1080/15244113.2019.1639116

Samson, M.G.M. 2019. Off-white, on-stage: Jewish self-representation at Chicago’s 1933–1934 world’s fair. Journal of Historical Geography 65: 9-18. doi:10.1016/j.jhg.2019.04.001

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 40(6): 742-758. 
doi:10.1080/01425692.2019.1583550

Samson, M.G.M. 2019. Jewish schools and the challenges of denominationalism in England. Contemporary Jewry 39(2): 245-271. doi:10.1007/s12397-019-09279-1

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. doi:10.1080/14733285.2018.1425373

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. doi:10.1177/0037768617747505

Awards: 
Vincentian Endowment Fund (VEF) for grant proposal titled ‘Protecting Religious Liberties? Security Concerns at Places of Worship in Chicago’, DePaul University (2019).

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).

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