Samuel conducts research and writes on and around reconstructive surgery in Mexico. He writes as a medical anthropologists trained in Science and Technology Studies. Shortly after returning from his fieldwork he took up a year long fellowship to work with Professor Sheila Jasanoff at the Program on Science, Technology and Society at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.
His interest most broadly is the relationship between (medical) science, politics, and society. He tries to elucidate this relationship through case studies on things such as bioethics practices and discourse, face transplant surgery, and attempts to regulate surgical practice in Mexico. His work adds to the growing body of literature that has demonstrated that the production of knowledge and social order go hand in hand.