Samuel is a doctoral candidate and former Dean's Fellow in Lehigh’s history program. He earned his master's degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst where he received the Caldwell Prize and his bachelors degree from Brigham Young University. His main research research focuses on American religious history, specifically the development of religious liberty in the early United States. He is currently working on a dissertation titled “Disturbing the Good Order: The Negotiation of Religious Liberty in the Early American Republic.” In addition, Samuel has developed expertise in the histories of Colonial America, Latin America, and the British Empire. He has also served on the editorial staff for the Journal of Mormon History and interned for The Joseph Smith Papers project. Samuel has published articles in The Journal of Mormon History and Methodists History and he is the co-editor, with Dr. Steven C. Harper, of the historical anthology Exploring the First Vision. He has taught at Salt Lake Community College and worked as a teaching assistant at both UMass and Lehigh.