Samuel Weeks

Assistant Professor of Anthropology



4201 Henry Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19144

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Samuel Weeks

Assistant Professor of Anthropology


PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, University of Lisbon 
AB, Colby College


  • Channeling the Capital of Others: Why Luxembourg Is Asset Managers’ ‘Plumber’ of Choice. Special Issue: ‘The Political Economy and Economic Geography of Asset Manager Capitalism.’ OnlineFirst in Environment and Planning A: Economy and Space. LINK (2023)   
  • Langue de bois, or, Discourse in Defense of an Offshore Financial Center. Journal of Language and Politics 20(2):325-344. Read Publication via JDC (2021)
  • Collective Effort, Private Accumulation: Constructing the Luxembourg Investment Fund, 1956-2019. In Accumulating Capital Today: Contemporary Strategies of Profit and Dispossessive Policies. Marlène Benquet and Théo Bourgeron, eds. Pp. 89-103. Oxford: Routledge. PDF (2020)
  • Offshore Ontologies: Global Capital as Substance, Simulation, and the Supernatural. Dialectical Anthropology 44(4):355-371. PDF (2020)
  • A Freeport Comes to Luxembourg, or, Why Those Wishing to Hide Assets Purchase Fine Art. Special Issue: ‘The Contemporary Art Market.’ Arts 9(3):1-15. PDF (2020)
  • A Politics of Peripheries: Deleuze and Guattari as Dependency Theorists. Deleuze and Guattari Studies 13(1):79-103. Read Publication via JDC (2019)
  • Portugal in Ruins: From ‘Europe’ to Crisis and Austerity. Review of Radical Political Economics 50(2):246-264. Read Publication via JDC (2019)
  • Symbolism and Resilience in the Aftermath of a Destructive Volcanic Eruption. Anthropology Now 8(2):57-68. PDF (2016) 
  • Longing for ‘Normal’ Post-Fordism: Cape Verdean Labor-Power on a Lisbon Periphery in Crisis. Anthropology of Work Review 36(1):13-25. PDF (2015) 


  • Excellence in Teaching Award, National Society of Leadership and Success - 2021
  • Faculty Research Grant, Thomas Jefferson University - 2019-20
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, UCLA Graduate Division - 2017-18
  • Fulbright U.S. Student Program Research Grant, Luxembourg - 2015-16
  • Graduate Research Mentorship, UCLA Graduate Division - 2014-15
  • International Studies Fellowship, UCLA International Institute - 2012-14
  • Eric R. Wolf Prize, Society for the Anthropology of Work - 2013
  • Merit Scholarship, University of Lisbon - 2012
  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship - 2010-11

Research Interests

Dr. Samuel Weeks specializes in economic, political, and legal anthropology, with a focus on finance and banking. He was a visiting researcher at the University of Luxembourg during 2015-16 and an affiliated researcher in the CESSP Laboratory at the Ecole des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris during 2017-18. He is the book reviews editor for the journal Anthropology of Work Review. From 2006 until 2008, Dr. Weeks was a U.S. Peace Corps community development volunteer in Cape Verde.

Focus Areas

Sociocultural Anthropology, Political Economy, Finance, Law, Employment, Popular Culture, Immigration, Urban Ethnography, Europe, Luxembourg, Portugal, France, Cape Verde, Brazil, Lusofonia, West and Southern Africa, Social Theory, Socio-Economic Geography, Intellectual and Political History