Faculty Profiles

Mary Elizabeth De Freitas

The School of Education, Ruth S. Ammon College of Education and Health Sciences

Alumnae Hall 236

General Information



Ph.D., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (2004)

B.Ed., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (1999)

M.A., Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto (1990)

B.A., Department of Mathematics, McGill University (1987)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement


I am a writer, researcher and educator. My research explores innovative data methodologies in the social sciences, drawing on anthropology, philosophy and cultural studies. My projects include studies of the cultural-material practices associated with mathematical activity of all kinds, be it expert, novice, or non-human. My work has been funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario and Toronto Arts Councils, the US National Science Foundation, and the UK Economic and Social Research Council. I work across disciplines. I have published five books and over 50 articles and chapters on a range of topics including: Abductive cognition, Critical cartographic methods, Sensor technology, Speculative materialisms, Number sense, Digital life, Mapping software, Learning theories, Philosophy of mathematics.  

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