Monograph: Viral Cultures: Activist Archiving in the Age of AIDS (University of Minnesota Press, 2022)ViralCulturesCover

Refereed Journal Articles

Cifor, M. & McDonald, C. (2023). “I Hope We Leave More of a Record”: Radical Queer Care within and for the AIDS INFO BBS’s Caregivers Mailing List. Feminist Media Histories. DOI: 10.1525/fmh.2023.9.1.78.

McKinney, C. & Cifor, M. (2022). On Digital Models: Responding to Viral Metaphors in Pandemic Times, Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience, DOI:

Cifor, M. & Rawson, K.J. (2022) Mediating Queer and Trans Pasts: The Homosaurus as Queer Information Activism, Information, Communication & Society, DOI: 10.1080/1369118X.2022.2072753

Cifor, M. (2021). What is remembered lives: Time and the disruptive animacy of archiving AIDS on Instagram. Convergence 27(2).

Tian, Y., Gomez, R., Cifor, M., Wilson, J., Morgan, H. (2021). The information practices of law enforcement: Passive and active collaboration and its implication for sanctuary laws in Washington state. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology. 

Cifor, M. & McKinney, C. (2020). Reclaiming HIV/AIDS in digital media studiesFirst Monday.

Cifor, M. & Garcia, P. (2020). Gendered by Design: A Duoethnographic Study of Personal Fitness Tracking Systems. ACM Transactions on Social Computing 2(4): 1-22.

Cifor, M. & Watson, B.M. (2020). The Cost of Entry: Internships in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums Education.  In: Sundqvist A., Berget G., Nolin J., Skjerdingstad K. (eds) Sustainable Digital Communities. iConference 2020. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 12051. Springer, Cham.

Cifor, M., Caswell, M., Migoni, A.A. & Geraci, N. (2018). ‘What We Do Crosses over to Activism’: The Politics and Practice of Community Archives. The Public Historian 40(2): 69-95.

Posner, M. & Cifor, M. (2018). Generative Tensions: Building a Digital Project on Early African American Race Film. American Quarterly 70(3): 709-713.

Cifor, M., Girma, H., Norman, S. & Posner, M. (2018). Early African-American Film Database, 1909–1930. Journal of Open Humanities Data 4.

Caswell, M., Gabiola, J., Zavala, J., Brilmyer, G., & Cifor, M. (2018). Imagining transformative spaces: the personal–political sites of community archives. Archival Science: 1-21.

Cifor, M. (2017). Stains and Remains: Liveliness, Materiality, and the Archival Lives of Queer Bodies. Australian Feminist Studies 91-92: 5-21.

—. (2018). Reprinted in Dever, M. Archives and New Modes of Feminist Research. New York: Routledge.

Cifor, M., Girma, H., Lam, W., Norman, S., Posner, M., Contreras, K. & Yoshioka, A.G. (2017). Tracing a Community of Practice: A Database of Early African American Race Film. The Moving Image 17, no. 2: 101-105.

Cifor, M. & Wood, S. (Invited; 2017). Critical Feminism in the Archives.  Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1(2).

Cifor, M. & Lee, J.A. (2017). Towards an Archival Critique: Opening Possibilities for Addressing Neoliberalism in the Archival Field. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1(1).

Zavala, J., Migoni, A.A., Caswell, M., Geraci, N. & Cifor, M. (2017). ‘A process where we’re all at the table’: community archives challenging dominant modes of archival practice. Archives and Manuscripts 45(3): 202-215.

Caswell, M., Migoni, A.A., Geraci, N. & Cifor, M. (2016). ‘To Be Able to Imagine Otherwise’: A Framework for Understanding the Impact of Community Archives. Archives and Records 38(1): 5-26.

Cifor, M. (2016). Affecting Relations: Introducing Affect Studies to Archival Discourse. Archival Science 16(1): 7-31.

Cifor, M. (2016). Aligning Bodies: Collecting, Arranging, and Describing Hatred for a Critical Queer Archives. Library Trends 64(4): 756-775.

Caswell, M. & Cifor, M. (2016). From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives. Archivaria 81: 23-83.

Cifor, M. (2016). Acting Up, Talking Back: TITA, TIARA, and the Value of Gossip. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 12(1).

Caswell, M., Cifor, M. & Ramirez, M.H. (2016). ‘To Suddenly Discover Yourself Existing’: Uncovering the Affective Impact of Community Archives. The American Archivist 79(1): 56-81.

Cifor, M. (2015). Presence, Absence, and Victoria’s Hair: Affect and Embodiment in Trans Archives. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 2(4): 645-649.

Wood, S., Carbone, K., Cifor, M., Gilliland, A.J. & Punzalan, R. (2014). Mobilizing Records: Re-Framing Archival Description to Support Human Rights. Archival Science 14: 397-414.

Conference Proceedings

Garcia, P., Sutherland, T., Salehi, N., Cifor, M., and Singh, A. (2022). No! Re-imagining Data Practices Through the Lens of Critical Refusal. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, Volume 6, Issue CSCW2, Article No.: 315, pp 1–20.

Wernimont, J.,  Kneese, T.,  Sutherland, T. & Cifor, M. (2021).  “WHEN DEATH DEPENDS ON NETWORKED INFORMATION.” AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research (2021).

Cifor, M. & Garcia, P. (2019). Expanding Our Reflexive Toolbox: Collaborative Possibilities for Examining Socio-Technical Systems Using Duoethnography. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, CSCW 2019.

Cifor, M. & Garcia, P. (2019). Inscribing Gender: A Duoethnographic Examination of Gendered Values in Fitness Tracker Design. Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS) 52, January 2019.

Liu, Y., Li, Q., Cifor, M., Liu, X., Zhang, Q., and Si, L. (2019). Uncover Sexual Harassment Patterns from Personal Stories by Joint Key Element Extraction and Categorization. Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing and the 9th International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-IJCNLP).

Cifor, M., Montoya, R.D. & Ramirez, M.H. (2016). Developing an Undergraduate Information Studies Curriculum in Support of Social Justice. iConference 2016 Proceedings.

Cifor, M., Deshayes, J., Peaker, A., Sattar, F., Struble, S. & Vega, V. (2012). Editorial Statement. Gender, Sexuality and Urban Spaces Working Papers Collection, Graduate Consortium of Women’s Studies.

Book Chapters

Cifor, M. (2021). Affect. Uncertain Archives. Cambridge: MIT Press.

Cifor, M. & Paris, B. (2021). Throughlines: Social Injustice and Activism in Los Angeles. Transformative Projects in the Digital Humanities. London: Routledge.

Caswell, M. & Cifor, M. (2019). Neither A Beginning Nor An End: Applying An Ethics of Care to Digitizing Archival Collections. DigitalGLAM: New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums. London: Routledge.

Special Issues and Editorial Work

Cifor, M. & McKinney, C. (2020). Special Issue on HIV/AIDS and Digital Media. First Monday 25, 10.

Cifor, M. & Lee, J.A. (2020). Special issue on Evidences, Implications, and Critical Interrogations of Neoliberalism in Information Studies. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 2, no. 1.

Cifor, M. & Gilliland, A.J. (2016). Special issue on Affect and the Archive, Archives and their Affects. Archival Science 16(1).

Cifor, M., Illano, L. & Wood, S. (2016). Special issue on Gender in Education and Information Studies: Interrogating Knowledge Production, Social Structures and Equitable Access. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 12(1).

Lead Editor. (2015-2017). InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies.

Other Publications

Caswell, M. & Cifor, M. (2021). Revisiting a Feminist Ethics of Care in Archives: An Introductory Note. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 3.

Cifor, M., Garcia, P., Cowan, T.L., Rault, J., Sutherland, T., Chan, A., Rode, J., Hoffman, A.L., Salehi, N., Nakamura, L. (2019). Feminist Data Manifest-No. Retrieved from:

Cifor, M. (2019). Status = Undetectable: Curating for the Present and Future of AIDS. On Curating 42.

Lee, J.A. & Cifor, M. (2019). Evidences, Implications, and Critical Interrogations of Neoliberalism in Information Studies. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 2(1).

Cifor, M. (2017). Towards an AIDS Archive. Visual AIDS Web Gallery.

Cifor, M. & Gilliland, A.J. (2016). Affect and the archive, archives and their affects: an Introduction to the special issue. Archival Science 16(1): 1-6.

Wood, S.,  Cifor, M., & Illano, L. (2016). Special Issue on Gender in Education and Information Studies: Interrogating Knowledge Production, Social Structures and Equitable Access. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 12(1).

Wood, S., Cifor, M., & Illano, L. (2016). Introduction to Spring 2016 Issue. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 12(2).

Cifor, M. (2014). Home and Oral Histories. June L. Mazer Archives: Making Invisible Histories Visible: A Resource Guide to the Collections, edited by McHugh, K.A., Johnson-Grau, B., & and Sher, B.R. Los Angeles: UCLA Center for the Study of Women: 61-63.



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