Samuel Collins

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Towson University
Dept of Sociology and Anthropology 8000 York Rd
Towson, Maryland 21252
Email: scollins@towson.edu
Phone: 410-704-3199

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Research Disciplines: Research Interests:

ethnography, social network analysis, social media, community activism, globalization, urban studies, cultural studies

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Biographical Sketch

Samuel Gerald Collins is an applied cultural anthropologist at Towson University in Towson, Maryland with interests in community ethnography, information technologies and education.  His present work examines the urban as the confluence of people and social media and he joins Dr. Matthew Durington in grant-funded efforts to stimulate urban media production in undergraduates.  Collins is the author of two books (Library of Walls: the Library if Congress and the Contradictions of Information Society (2009) and All Tomorrow’s Cultures: Anthropological Engagements with the Future (2008), co-author (with Matthew Durington) of Networked Anthropology (2014) and has co-edited a fourth, Handbook of Research on Agent-Based Societies (2009).


Education

  • 1998 Ph.D. in cultural anthropology, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1995 M.A. in anthropology, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • 1990 Rice University, Houston, Texas. B.A. in anthropology and English literature.
    1988-1989 University of Durham, Durham, England. Studies in anthropology and literature.


Ongoing and Recent CESU Projects

  1. (ongoing) “Let’s Have Tea: Reconstructing the Network of the 19th Amendment.”
  2. (ongoing) “Hampton Ethnographic Assessment Project.”
  3. (2016) “Rapid Ethnographic Assessment of the Potomac Heritage Trail.”


Other Research

  1. Gregory Bateson’s subversive pedagogies.
  2. Representations of the future (and future reunification) in Korea.
  3.  Tracing networks of information technologies in Baltimore and Seoul.
  4. Using ethnographic methods to stimulate social change.
  5. Tracking sites of emergent self-organization in information and communication technologies (ICTs).


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