Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science
Affiliate Faculty, Cultural Studies Program
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Gender Studies
Luddy Hall 2108
- Ph.D. in Information Studies at University of California, Los Angeles, 2017
- M.A. in History at Simmons College, 2012
- M.S. in Library and Information Science at Simmons College, 2012
- B.A. in History and Political, Legal and Economic Analysis at Mills College, 2007
Courses Taught at SICE
- Z581 Archives and Records Management
- Z604 Critical Digital Archives
Marika Cifor is Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science (ILS) in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. She is a feminist scholar of archival studies and digital studies.
Cifor's 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, Cifor is working on a book and digital project, Viral Cultures: Activist Archives at the End of AIDS, 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. Cifor is engaged in 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.
Cifor's work has appeared in American Quarterly, Archival Science, Archivaria, Archives and Manuscripts, Archives and Records, Australian Feminist Studies, InterActions, Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, Journal of Open Humanities Data, Library Trends, The American Archivist, The Moving Image, and Transgender Studies Quarterly. Cifor is also guest co-editor of an issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Science on "Neoliberalism and ILS" (2019) and an issue of Archival Science on "Affect and the Archive, Archives and their Affects" (2016).
Prior to joining SICE, Cifor was the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College.
- Information and Library Science
- Archives and Record Management
- Data curation and digital preservation
- Knowledge Organization, Cultural Informatics, and Natural Informatics
- Gender and Information Technologies
- Intellectual Freedom and information/data ethics
- Media Studies