Marika Cifor

YG8A3030Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science
School of Informatics, Computing & Engineering
Affiliate Faculty, Cultural Studies Program
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Gender Studies
Indiana University Bloomington

I am an interdisciplinary scholar of gender, sexuality, and information. My research investigates how archives, records, new media, and data can be deployed in support of social justice concerns and movements. Grounded in feminist theory and cultural studies, my interdisciplinary work focuses on developing complex understandings of how marginalized individuals and communities come to define themselves, their social groups and movements, and their past, present and future through archives, new media, and data produced within digital cultures.

Currently, I am working on a book and accompanying digital humanities project, Viral Cultures: Nostalgia, Affect and HIV/AIDS Archives, that examines the critical potential of the emotions and memories that are recorded and produced by archives documenting 1980s and 1990s HIV/AIDS activism in the United States. I am also working on a series of projects examining how new media and data are constructing and reproducing normative concepts of bodies, health, and sexuality as member of the Border Quants: Feminist Approaches to Data, Bodies and Technologies Across Borders research team.

I am Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington. I hold affiliations with the Cultural Studies Program and the Department of Gender Studies. Previously, I was Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College, where I was also affiliated with Bowdoin’s Digital and Computational Studies Initiative. In June 2017, I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Information Studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where I also completed Graduate Certificates in Gender Studies and the Digital Humanities. I earned my MA in History and MS Library and Information Science at Simmons College in 2012.