Samantha Breslin


BMath (Computer Science and Anthropology), University of Waterloo, 2008
Honours Essay (Anth): Modelling malaria: An investigation of variables affecting malaria transmission

MA (Anthropology), Memorial University of Newfoundland, 2011
Thesis:Living with music: An ethnography of sessions in St. John's, Newfoundland

PhD (Anthropology), Memorial University of Newfoundland
Thesis topic: Technical renderings: The making of computer scientists in Singapore


Room: QC4011

Telephone: 709-864-2111

Research Interests:

Gender; Personhood; Embodiment; Science and Technology Studies; Computer Science; Performance; Music; "Tradition"; Newfoundland Studies; Ethnography.

Selected Publications:

Selected Presentations:

  • “Passionate Programming: Implications of Neoliberal Affect in Computer Science.” Mo(u)vements: Annual Meeting of the Canadian Anthropology Society/La Société Canadienne D’Anthropologie and the International Union of the Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario. May 2 – 7, 2017.
  • “‘We Code the Future’: Locating Computer Science Education.” 114th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Denver, Colorado. November 18 – 22, 2015.

  • “Praying to the Bell Curve God.” Folklore Studies Association of Canada Annual Meetings. University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. May 30 – June 2, 2015.

  • “Global Programming: Exploring the Transnationality of Learning and Writing Code.” International Conference on Global STS. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. March 14 – 15, 2014.

  • "The Session Circle: Shifting Spaces of Belonging in the Performance of Traditional Music." 111th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. San Francisco, California. November 14 - 18, 2012.

  • "Legacies of 'Tradition' in the Performance of Traditional Music." 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association. Montreal, Quebec. November 16-20, 2011.


Department of Anthropology

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000