Marika  Cifor

Marika Cifor

Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science

Affiliate Faculty, Cultural Studies Program
Affiliate Faculty, Department of Gender Studies

Contact Information

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 of Political, Legal and Economic Analysis at Mills College, 2007

Courses Taught at SICE

  • Z581 Archives and Records Management


Marika Cifor is Assistant Professor of Information and Library Science (ILS) in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering. She is an interdisciplinary scholar of information, gender, and sexuality.

Cifor's research investigates how archives, new media, and data can be deployed in support of social justice. Grounded in feminist theory and cultural studies, her 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. Currently, she is working on a book and digital humanities project, Viral Cultures: Critical Nostalgia, Activist Archiving and HIV/AIDS, that examines the critical potential of nostalgia as recorded and produced by archives documenting 1980s and 1990s HIV/AIDS activism in the United States. In addition, as a member of the Border Quants Collaboratory her scholarship examines how new media technologies and data are constructing and reproducing normative concepts of bodies, health, and sexuality.

Cifor's work on affect, embodiment, and archives, community archives, and the activation of archival records through digital humanities scholarship has been published 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. Marika is also guest co-editor of a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Critical Library and Information Science on "Neoliberalism and ILS" and a 2016 issue of Archival Science on Affect and the Archive, Archives and their Affects.

Prior to joining SICE Marika was the Consortium for Faculty Diversity Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Bowdoin College. In June 2017, she received her PhD in Information Studies and graduate certificates in the Digital Humanities and Gender Studies from UCLA. In addition, she holds her B.A. in History and Political, Legal, and Economic Analysis from Mills College and an MSLIS, with a concentration in Archives Management, and an MA in History, both from Simmons College.

Research Areas

  • Archival Studies
  • Information and Social Justice
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Science and Technology Studies
  • Information Ethics
  • Memory Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • American Studies
  • Public History