Dr Samantha Kriger completed her undergraduate, Honours and Masters studies in music and education at the University of Cape Town (UCT). After teaching in South African schools for 25 years she completed a PhD in Curriculum Studies at Stellenbosch University. She is a lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT), South Africa, where her focus is on pre-service teacher education. Current affiliations include American Educational research Association (AERA) and Literacy association of South Africa (LITASA)

Her research and practice focuses on teacher education from pre-school through to higher education, teaching practice within schools, educational inequality, music education and its impact on language literacy development and integration across the curriculum. She conducts mixed methodological work exploring how music, race, language, and culture impact students learning in diverse classrooms. Publications have appeared in Research Policy, Womens Studies International Forum, South African Journal of Childhood education and Perspectives in Education.  She has co-authored with Prof Jonathan Jansen. Who gets in and Why? Race, class and aspiration in South Africa’s elite schools shines a light on how schools use admissions processes to maintain race and class privileges within former white schools.