Sam Connell is an anthropologist who first realized his career path while on Semester at Sea a long time ago. He embraces the concepts of group living and learning that we have on the ship, and he can’t wait to share his unique brand of teaching and learning with you. Anthropology gives you the tools to understand peoples and cultures of all the places we will visit (including shipboard culture in which you will be immersed). Professor Connell’s academic interests lie in understanding the process of colonization and localized resistance, but he is currently heavily involved with public and applied anthropology in California. Each summer Sam brings many students from around the world on archaeology projects that he directs in Ecuador looking at Inca fortifications and in Ireland excavating a medieval castle.
Sam has taken a rather direct route to our shipboard community in Fall 2020. After receiving his Ph.D. from UCLA studying ancient Maya towns in Belize, Sam went to work for the government doing recoveries of wartime dead for the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. Living in Hawaii, getting married, and starting a family who will come on the ship, all brought him to the Silicon Valley and Foothill College where he has been a professor for 14 years.
If you haven’t taken a course in anthropology, you should know that this subject is a great springboard positioning you for the future by giving you the tools to expand your learning and giving potential employers the satisfaction of knowing that you have been able to interpret and understand other perspectives and other cultures. The broad perspective of cultural relativity is a vitally important social skill.