Director and Senior Lecturer
Web Bio PageCurrent Activities
Current Professional Activities
2009-present Advisory Board Member, Churches United for Fair Housing, North Brooklyn
2006-present Planning Committee of the Iscol Family Program for Leadership Development in Public Service
2006 Christo Rey Brooklyn High School Steering Committee Member
1998-present Member of the New York Presbyterian Hospial Medical Ethics Committee
2004-2007 Consultant, South Side Mission After School Program
2005-present Consultant, Monserat Skills Academy After School Program
1999-present Member of the Advisory Board, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Dept. of Pastoral Care and Education
2008-present Member of the Department of Pastoral Care and Education Ten Year Review Committee of the New York Presbyterian Hospital
Current Research Activities
My research efforts are carried out with students who are applying ethnographic methods in the process of carrying out community service activities in North Brooklyn and participating in the North Brooklyn Latino (and others) Oral History.
I am also researching the role of Public Anthropology in the development of Anthropology as a discipline and its role in the future.
Current Extension Activities
Although I do not have Extension responsibilities, I am involved in community outreach, based on my activities in North Brooklyn, participating in two project, Churches United for Fair Housing in Williamsburg and a youth development project in Bed-Stuy.
Sam Beck is currently Director, New York City Urban Semester. Sam is a social and cultural anthropologist who earned a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He carried out field research in the Middle East, Central and Balkan Europe, and in the United States. His present interests focus on disparity issues in the United States, Medical Culture, Urban issues, Experiential Learning forms, and Ethnographic Methods and Ethics, Intergroup Relations (ethnicity, race, class). Sam regularly participates in the American Anthropology Association annual meeting where he has been a co-organizer, chair, and presenter of sessions dealing with Public Anthropology. In the last 5 years Sam published a number of articles.These are "Becoming a North American Anthropologist" 2003, in the Society for the Anthropology of North America section of Anthropology News solicited by the editor. In 2005, Sam submitted for publication a manuscript "Anthropology and Service Learning for the Festschrift in honor of John W. Cole (unpublished). He was aksed by the editor to write the article, "Community Service Learning," for the Bulletin of the General Anthropology Division. In 2006, Sam edited a set of peer reviewed articles with the title of Experiential Learning: Lived Practice and Knowing-in-Action and wrote the Introduction, published by The Anthropology of Work Review. In the same year he contributed an article, "Healthy Wednesdays in Our Hood," in a peer reviewed book with the title, Pedagogies of Praxis: Interdesciplinary Perspectives on Course-Based Action Research. In 2009 Sam edited with co-editor Carl Maida (UCLA) a Two-Part Issue on Public Anthropology, writing the Introduction in both numbers of Anthropology in Action, Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice (Volume 16, Issue 2 & 3). Carl Maida and Sam are preparing a book on Public Anthropology.
1967-1968 Year Abroad, University of Zagreb, Yugoslavia
1969 B.A. Anthropology, Portland State University
1973 M.A. Anthropology, University of Massachusetts
1979 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Massachusetts
1980-1981 Post-Doctoral Fellow in Alcohol Studies, Department of Anthropology, Brown University
1992-Present-Director of the New York City Urban Semester Program.
1988-1992-Director, Field and International Study Program, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University.
1985-1988-Associate Dean, Assistant Dean, Assistant Dean of Planning, Eugene Lang College, New School for Social Research.
1985-1982 City of Providence, Rhode Island, Acting Director of Public Programming, Director, Program Manager, Museum of Natural History
Intergroup Relations, Multicultural Issues, Community Development, Ethnographic Methods, Disparities, Urban Studies, Oral History, Public Anthropology, Gentrification and Displacement
Courses, Websites, Pubs
HE 470 Multicultural Issues in Urban Affairs, 3 credits
HE 480 Communities in Multicultural Practice, 6 credits
HE 490 Multicultural Practice, Service, and Leadership, 6 credits
HE 495 Medicine, Culture, Service, and Professional Practice in a Diverse World, 6 credits
HE 406 summer session course of Medicine, Culture and Professional Practice, 3 credits
Urban Semester Program website
Books and Edited Special Journal Issues
2009 Public Anthropology. Special Issue, Sam Beck, Guest Editor. Anthropology in Action; Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Volume 16, Issue 2 & 3. Bergham Journals.
2006 Experiential Learning, Lived Practice, and Knowing-in-Action. Special Issue. Sam Beck, Guest Editor. The Anthropology of Work Review, Society for the Anthropology of Work, American Anthropology Association. XXVI (2).
2001 Radicalizing Anthropology? Toward Experiential Learning. Special Issue. Sam Beck Guest Editor. The Anthropology of Work Review, Society for the Anthropology of Work, American Anthropology Association. XXII (2): 1-6).
1992 Manny Almeida’s Ringside Lounge: The Cape Verdean Struggle for their Neighborhood. Providence, RI GAVEA-Brown Publications
1981 Ethnicity and Nationalism in Southeastern Europe. (co-edited) with John W. Cole). Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, Antropologisch-Sociologisch Centrum.
Chapters and Articles
2009 “Introduction: Public Anthropology.” Public Anthropology. Special Issue, Sam Beck, Guest Editor. Anthropology in Action; Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Volume 16, Issue 3: 1-4. Bergham Journals.
2009 “Introduction: Public Anthropology.” Public Anthropology. Special Issue, Sam Beck, Guest Editor. Anthropology in Action; Journal for Applied Anthropology in Policy and Practice. Volume 16, Issue 2: 1-13. Bergham Journals.
2006 “Healthy Wednesdays in Our Hood.” In
Hofman, Nila Ginger and Howard Rosing, editors.
Pedagogies of Praxis: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on
Course-Based Action Research. Boltom, MA: Anker Publishing.
2006 “Introduction: Experiential Learning, Lived Practice and Knowing-In-Action.” Sam Beck, ed. Special Issue. The Anthropology of Work Review (peer reviewed), Society for the Anthropology of Work. XXVI (2):1-5.
2002 “Radicalizing Anthropology: Community Service Learning,” Special Issue, The Anthropology of Work Review, Society for the Anthropology of Work. XXII (2-6).
1993 “Racism and the Formation of a Romani Ethnic Leader.” In George E. Marcus, Editor, Perilous States: Conversations on Culture, Politics and Nation. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.