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Cal Biruk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at McMaster University. Cal is also a co-applicant on a grant examining the datafication of aging, and how data and technologies, such as wearables, produce new kinds of relations, self-fashioning, and configurations of care and harm. In the past, Cal has worked on a multidisciplinary study of experiences of depression among ​older adults in the northeastern United States. Cal's research interests are at the intersection of medical anthropology, critical global health studies, and critical data studies. Cal's larger body of research and work examine the datafication of global health through the lens of technologies of audit and quantified metrics of health in southern Africa. 


  • BA, Bryn Mawr College 
  • PhD, University of Pennsylvania 
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