Department of Anthropology

Samuel M. Wilson


ProfessorPh.D., University of Chicago

Samuel M. Wilson

Contact

  • Phone: (512) 471-1176
  • Office: CLA 4.404
  • Office Hours: Fall 2015: No Office Hours
  • Campus Mail Code: C3200

Interests


Archaeology, ethnohistory; Caribbean, US Southeast

Biography


I'm an archaeologist and historical anthropologist interested in processes of cultural interactions in "contact situations", some of the most difficult and consequential moments in human experience. I am interested in the origins complex forms of social and political organization and the development of governing institutions. I have also studied the relationship of different kinds of information technologies and information flows to social and political structures, from the beginning of writing systems to the impact of information technologies over the last 40 years. My most focused area of specialization is the prehistory, history, and culture of the indigenous people of the Caribbean and the events that took place after the arrival of Europeans. I carried out archaeological research on the small Caribbean island of Nevis for several years.

The expanding impact of the latest revolution in information technology is being felt nearly everywhere, and I have occasionally been surprised at how little attention social scientists have paid to this civilization-changing process. I am a past Director of the University of Texas's program in Technology, Literacy, and Culture, which under Elizabeth Keating's leadership has become the program in Science, Technology, and Society. This program addresses the social impacts of digital technology and aims to enrich higher education and equip students to be thoughtful, broadly educated, and humane citizens and leaders of a world of increasing technological and socio-political complexity.

CV URL

Courses taught: Undergraduate:
Cultures in Contact

Graduate:
Archaeology, Anthropology, and History
The Archaeology of Complex Societies
Quantitative Methods in Archaeology


Recent Publications:

The Archaeology of the Caribbean (2007, Cambridge University Press)

The Prehistory of Nevis(2006, Yale University Publications in Anthropology)

The Emperor's Giraffe (Westview 2000)

The Indigenous People of the Caribbean (1997 University Press of Florida)

Hispaniola: Caribbean Chiefdoms in the Age of Columbus (1990, Alabama Press)

Courses


ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

31315 • Fall 2016
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM WEL 2.246

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

30455 • Spring 2016
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM ART 1.102
(also listed as LAS 324L)

History of the interactions of the indigenous peoples of the Americas with Africans, Asians, and Europeans over the past five hundred years.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

30700 • Spring 2015
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM MEZ 1.306
(also listed as LAS 324L)

History of the interactions of the indigenous peoples of the Americas with Africans, Asians, and Europeans over the past five hundred years.

ANT 380K • Archaeol, Anthropol, & History

30765 • Spring 2015
Meets F 9:00AM-12:00PM SAC 5.124

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

31560 • Fall 2014
Meets TTH 2:00PM-3:30PM BEL 328
(also listed as LAS 324L)

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

31715 • Spring 2014
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PAI 3.02

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

31440 • Fall 2013
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM PHR 2.110

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

31315 • Spring 2013
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM UTC 4.134
(also listed as LAS 324L)

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World. The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural conflict, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. 

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

31225 • Fall 2012
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM GAR 0.102

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 380K • Ethnohistory And Archaeology

31435 • Spring 2011
Meets F 9:00AM-12:00PM SAC 5.124

 This course explores the historical and contemporary relationships between archaeology, history, and sociocultural anthropology. We will look at the history of these interrelated intellectual projects and the way they developed and changed through time, arriving at a better understanding of the present moment. We also will search for the best ways of understanding human experiences in the past by combining information collected through archaeology, archival research, exploration of indigenous texts and oral histories, and ethnographic research.

ANT 398T • Supv Teaching In Anthropology

31585 • Spring 2011

The purpose of this course is to provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge

about teaching and learning at the postsecondary level, ultimately to help prepare you for a

teaching position in a higher education setting. Major topics that we will cover include (1)

teaching effectiveness, (2) modes of learning, (3) teaching philosophy, (4) course design, (5)

lecture design and delivery, and (6) graduate education and the demands of academia.

ANT 398T • Supv Teaching In Anthropology

30675 • Spring 2010
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM EPS 1.130KA

The purpose of this course is to provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge

about teaching and learning at the postsecondary level, ultimately to help prepare you for a

teaching position in a higher education setting. Major topics that we will cover include (1)

teaching effectiveness, (2) modes of learning, (3) teaching philosophy, (4) course design, (5)

lecture design and delivery, and (6) graduate education and the demands of academia.

ANT 398T • Supv Teaching In Anthropology

30785 • Fall 2009
Meets W 9:00AM-12:00PM EPS 1.128

The purpose of this course is to provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge

about teaching and learning at the postsecondary level, ultimately to help prepare you for a

teaching position in a higher education setting. Major topics that we will cover include (1)

teaching effectiveness, (2) modes of learning, (3) teaching philosophy, (4) course design, (5)

lecture design and delivery, and (6) graduate education and the demands of academia.

ANT 398T • Supv Teaching In Anthropology

30210 • Spring 2009
Meets T 5:00PM-8:00PM EPS 1.130KA

The purpose of this course is to provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge

about teaching and learning at the postsecondary level, ultimately to help prepare you for a

teaching position in a higher education setting. Major topics that we will cover include (1)

teaching effectiveness, (2) modes of learning, (3) teaching philosophy, (4) course design, (5)

lecture design and delivery, and (6) graduate education and the demands of academia.

ANT 398T • Supv Teaching In Anthropology

30945 • Fall 2008

The purpose of this course is to provide you with theoretical and practical knowledge

about teaching and learning at the postsecondary level, ultimately to help prepare you for a

teaching position in a higher education setting. Major topics that we will cover include (1)

teaching effectiveness, (2) modes of learning, (3) teaching philosophy, (4) course design, (5)

lecture design and delivery, and (6) graduate education and the demands of academia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

30410 • Spring 2008
Meets TTH 11:00AM-12:30PM GAR 0.102

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

29990 • Spring 2007
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM ESB 115

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact-W

29155 • Spring 2006
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM EPS 1.128

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact

27780 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM MEZ 1.306

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

ANT 326L • Cultures In Contact-Honors-W

26750 • Spring 2004
Meets TTH 12:30PM-2:00PM EPS 1.128

"Cultures in Contact" is a multi-disciplinary course which combines Historical, Anthropological, Geographical and Literary analyses of the continuing "contact period" in the New World.  The issues addressed span the last 500+ years of cultural interaction in the Americas, looking especially at the processes of cultural interaction, competition, cooperation, and synthesis that have taken place among people from the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia.

Books


The Archaeology of the Caribbean

 

Samuel M. Wilson

The Archaeology of the Caribbean
July 2007
Cambridge University Press

 

The Prehistory of Nevis, a Small Island in the Lesser Antilles

 

Samuel M. Wilson with contributions by Elizabeth Wing, Laura Kozuch, Lee Newsom, and J. Daniel Rogers.

The Prehistory of Nevis, a Small Island in the Lesser Antilles
2006
Yale University Publications in Anthropology

 

The Emperor's Giraffe and Other Stories of Culture Contact

The Indigenous People of the Caribbean

 

Samuel M. Wilson (editor)

The Indigenous People of the Caribbean
1997
The University Press of Florida

 

Ethnohistory and Archaeology: Approaches to Postcontact Change in the Americas

 

J. Daniel Rogers and Samuel M. Wilson (eds.)

Ethnohistory and Archaeology: Approaches to Postcontact Change in the Americas
January 1993
New York: Plenum Press

 

Hispaniola: Caribbean Chiefdoms in the Age of Columbus

 

Samuel M. Wilson

Hispaniola: Caribbean Chiefdoms in the Age of Columbus
October 1990
Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press

 

Projects


 

East Texas Archeological Project

Coming soon!

Publications


Wilson, S. (2007) The Archaeology of the Caribbean. Cambridge University Press.

Wilson, S., Wing, E., Kozuch, L., Newsom, L. & Rogers, J.D. (2006) The Prehistory of Nevis, a Small Island in the Lesser Antilles. Yale University Publications in Anthropology.

Wilson, S. (1999) The Emperor's Giraffe and Other Stories of Culture Contact. Westview Press.

Wilson, S. & Peterson, L. (2002, September) The Anthropology of Online Communities. Annual Review of Anthropology, 31, 449-467.

Wilson, S. (2001) The prehistory and early history of the Caribbean. In C. Woods (Ed.), The Biogeography of the Caribbean (pp.519-528). Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Wilson, S. (2001) Determinism, Uncertainty, and the Origins of States. In I. Prigogene (Ed.), L'homme devant l'incertain (pp.171-194). Paris: Editiones Odile Jacob.

Wilson, S., Iceland, H.B. & Hester, T.R. (1998, September) Preceramic connections between Yucatan and the Caribbean. Latin American Antiquity, 9(4), 342-352.

Wilson, S. (1997) The Indigenous People of the Caribbean. The University Press of Florida.

Wilson, S. (1993) Ethnohistory and Archaeology: Approaches to Postcontact Change in the Americas. New York: Plenum Press.

Versteeg, A. & Schinckle, K. , and Wilson, S.,(1993, September) Large-scale excavations versus surveys: examples from Nevis, St. Kitts, and St. Eustatius in the Northern Caribbean. Analecta Praehistorica Leidensia, 26, 139-161.\

Wilson, S. (1993) The Cultural Mosaic of the Prehistoric Caribbean. Proceedings of the British Academy Proceedings of the British Academy.

Wilson, S. (1990) Hispaniola: Caribbean Chiefdoms in the Age of Columbus. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.