Marika Cifor

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Assistant Professor
Information School

University of Washington

I am a feminist scholar of archival studies and digital studies. My research investigates how individuals and communities marginalized by gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and HIV-status are represented and how they document and represent themselves and their social groups and movements in archives and digital cultures. This multidisciplinary scholarship uncovers how archives and digital technologies and cultures are shaping identities, experiences, and social movements.

Currently, I am working on a book and digital project, Viral Cultures: Activist Archives at the End of AIDS (University of Minnesota Press, under contract), that examines the critical potential of the emotions and memories that are recorded and produced by archives documenting HIV/AIDS activism during the 1980s and 1990s. The book also investigates the activation of these records on contemporary digital platforms by artists, archivists, and activists. I am also working on a series of projects examining how digital 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.

In fall 2019, I was appointed Assistant Professor in the Information School at the University of Washington. Previously, I was Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science at Indiana University, Bloomington and Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College, where I was also affiliated with the Digital and Computational Studies Initiative.┬áIn 2017, I received my PhD from the Department of Information Studies at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) where I also completed 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.