Samara Blakeney

Samara is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto with a BA in social cultural anthropology. Her academic interests include humanitarian journalism and digital mental health, the latter of which was the subject of her research project in the 2017/2018 Body Online Collective. She explored how the digital medium of mental health applications impacted the mental state of its users, through digital ethnography. She plans to pursue graduate studies in humanitarian action and journalism, as she is motivated by the desire to fight for access to equal opportunity and education for women globally. Digital anthropology will be an indispensable tool in her research, as she engages with communities of women who are fighting for access to these opportunities, and in sharing their experiences online. She's an actor, dancer, croissant connoisseur and is able to recite every word of the Lord of the Rings movie trilogy ( only a slight exaggeration). She is very much looking forward to connecting with others in The Body Online community!

Samara Blakeney