Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella (Biella) Coleman (website) is theWolfe Chair in Scientific and Technological Literacy in the Art History and Communication Studies Department at McGill University. Trained as an anthropologist, teaches, researches, and writes on computer hackers. Her work examines the ethics of online collaboration/institutions as well as the role of the law and digital media in sustaining various forms of political activism. Her first book, “Coding Freedom: The Aesthetics and the Ethics of Hacking” is forthcoming with Princeton University Press and she is currently working on a new book on Anonymous and digital activism.

Academic Publications (selected)

Coding Freedom: The Ethics and Aesthetics of Hacking – Princeton University Press. Forthcoming, 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)