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Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman holds the Wolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy at McGill University. Trained as a cultural anthropologist, she researches, writes, and teaches on computer hackers and digital activism. Her first book on Free Software, Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking has been published with Princeton University Press.

Her book, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous, published by Verso, was named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2014.

Academic Publications (selected)

Gopher, Translator, and Trickster. Truth be Told. Didier Fassin. ed. Durham: Duke University Press, June 2017.

Anonymous and the Politics of Leaking. Gabriella Coleman and Chris Kelty, eds. Limn., February 2017.

From Internet farming to weapons of the Geek. Current Anthropology, 58 (S15) 2017: S000-S000.

Hacker. Digital Keywords: A Vocabulary of Information Culture and Society. Benjamin Peters, ed. Princeton: Princeton University Press, May 2016.

Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: The Many Faces of Anonymous. Verso, November 2014.

Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking. Princeton University Press, November 2012.

Our Weirdness Is Free, The logic of Anonymous—online army, agent of chaos, and seeker of justice. Triple Canopy, January 2012

Phreaks, Hackers, and Trolls and the Politics of Transgression and Spectacle. In The Social Media Reader, ed. Michael Mandiberg. New York: NYU Press, (2012)

Ethnographic Approaches to Digital Media. Annual Review of Anthropology. 39: 1-16, (2010)

Hacking In-Person: The Ritual Character of Conferences and the Distillation of a Life-World. Anthropological Quarterly, Winter (2010)

Code is Speech: Legal Tinkering, Expertise, and Protest among Free and Open Source Software Developers. Cultural Anthropology. 24(3): 420-454 (2009)

Hacker Practice: Moral Genres and the Cultural Articulation of Liberalism. Anthropological Theory, Vol. 8, No. 3, 255-277 (2008) (with Alex Golub)

The Politics of Rationality: Psychiatric Survivor's Challenge to Psychiatry. In Tactical Biopolitics. Kavita Phillip and Beatriz de Costa (editors). Cambridge: MIT Press (2008)

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