Gabriella Coleman is an anthropologist who examines ethics and online collaboration as well as the role of the law and new media technologies in extending and critiquing liberal values and sustaining new forms of political activism. Between 2001-2003 she conducted ethnographic research on computer hackers primarily in San Francisco, the Netherlands, as well as those hackers who work on the largest free software project, Debian. Coleman received her Ph.D. in Socio-cultural Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2005 where she completed a dissertation on free and open source software hacking. She is currently an assistant professor at NYU in the Department of Media, Culture, and Communication and is completing a book manuscript Coding Liberal Freedom: Hacker Pleasure and the Ethics of Free and Open Source Software under contract with Princeton University Press. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, including ones from the National Science Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Her research interests include computer hacking, the intersection of law and science in securing and critiquing liberal values, the history of psychiatry, and the role of new media technologies in sustaining new forms of collaboration and patient activism. You can find out more about her work and publications here.