Marika Cifor

Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program, Bowdoin College


I am an interdisciplinary scholar of gender, sexuality, and information. In July 2017, I joined Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Program at Bowdoin College. I am also affiliated with Bowdoin’s Digital and Computational Studies Initiative. I hold a PhD in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where I also completed Graduate Certificates in Gender Studies and the Digital Humanities.

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 research team on Border Quants: Feminist Approaches to Data, Bodies and Technologies Across Borders.