Areas of Research/Interest
ethnomusicology and linguistic anthropology; music and semiotics; Native American music and poetics
Putting a Song on Top of It: Expression and Identity on the San Carlos Apache Reservation (University of Arizona Press, 2006)
David Samuels has worked broadly on issues of music, language, and expressive culture. His research includes topics in poetics and semiotics, history and memory, technology, and Native American and popular culture. He is the author of Putting a Song On Top of It: Expression & Identity on the San Carlos Apache Reservation (University of Arizona Press 2004), and his articles on music, language, and sound have appeared in such journals as American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, Journal of American Folklore, Semiotica, and Language & Society. More recently, his research interests have turned to issues of cultural and linguistic revitalization, the multiple legacies of missionary activity among Native American communities, and the intertwined histories of musical and linguistic philosophies.