• MLIS. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. (2014)
  • Ph.D. New York University. US History. (2004)
  • M.A. New York University. US and Public History. (1996)
  • B.A. Oberlin College. Women’s Studies. (1992)

Professional Experience


  • Manager of Special & Digital Projects, The Archives at La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club NYC (2014-present).
  • Core Member, XFR Collective NYC (2015-present).
  • Project Archivist. Yeshiva University Archives NYC (2014).
  • Archival Consultant. Beyond the Pale: A Progressive Jewish Radio Hour NYC (2014-2017).
  • Archival Consultant. The personal papers of Theresa Carr New Haven, CT (2014-2015).
  • Archivist, Occuprint. Brooklyn, NY (2013-2015).
  • Intern, WITNESS Media Archive. Brooklyn, NY. (2013).
  • Digital Oral History Associate, Evolving Archives Initiative, Graduate Library. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, University Archives. (November 2012-August 2013).
  • Editorial Associate, Library Trends Journal. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, (February–August 2013)
  • Digitization Intern, Human Rights Watch Audiovisual Archive. New York, NY. (March 2013).
  • Video Archives Coordinator, Aftselokhes Spectacle Committee, Brooklyn, NY. (2006-2012).
  • Member, I-Witness Video Archives Project. Brooklyn, NY. (2007-2009).

Teaching and Educational Consulting

  •  New York University
    • Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program.
      • Instructor, Collection Management. (Spring 2017)
      • Student Thesis Advisor (Spring 2017)
      • Curriculum Consultant (Spring-Summer 2016)
    • Department of Teaching and Learning.
      • Historian-in-Residence (2003-2008).
        • Selected courses taught: US History Survey, Internship Seminar
    • Department of History
      • Instructor & Teaching Assistant (1996-2003)
  • University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    • I-School.
      • Instructor, Community Archives. (Spring 2016)
    • Department of Gender and Women’s Studies.
      • Instructor, Queer Lives, Queer Politics. (Fall 2012)
  • State University of New York at New Paltz
    • Department of Secondary Education, Program in History Education.
      • Assistant Professor (2008-2012). Selected courses taught: History and the Politics of Memory; Research Methods; Sex, Gender, and the State; The Photograph: Histories and Pedagogies.
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology/Rutgers Newark
    • Federated Department of History.
      • Instructor, Twentieth Century World History (2005-2006)


  • Lead, Interest Group on Government Records Transparency & Accountability, Digital Library Federation (February 2017-present).
  • Co-editor (with Bethany Nowviskie and Samantha MacFarlane), Special Issue on ‘Endangered Knowledge,’ in KULA, A Journal of Knowledge Creation, Dissemination, and Preservation Studies (September 2018)
  • Co-Curator, “Disrupting Mainstream History: Memory Keeping, Storytelling, and Community Archives” Allied Media Conference, Detroit, MI (2017).
  • Advisory Committee Member, Digital Technology Initiative, Gibney Dance Center, NYC (2017-present).
  • Program Committee Member
    • Annual Forum, Digital Library Federation, Pittsburgh, PA (2017).
    • Annual Conference, Association of Moving Image Archivists, New Orleans, LA (2017).
    • “Do-it-Yourself and Community Archives Track,” Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (2016).

Selected Publications

  • “Title 44 and the Uncertain Future of Free Public Access to Government Info in the US,” DLF Blog, September 11, 2017.
  • “The Digital Library Federation Launches a New Interest Group on Government Records Transparency and Accountability,” D-Lib Magazine, May/June 2017.
  • “Can We Center an Ethics of Care in Audiovisual Archival Practice?: A Digital Library Federation Fellow’s Reflection,” DLF Blog, January 25, 2017.
  • “An Archive of Racial Fantasy,” Ligament Vol. 2 (No.3) January 2017.
  • Co-editor (with Tom Twiss), “Libraries Under Occupation: A Conversation with Palestinian Librarians,” Progressive Librarian: A Journal for Critical Studies and Progressive Politics in Librarianship (Winter 2017).
  • “Police-Worn Body Camera Footage: A Public Record?” Society of American Archivists Issues and Advocacy Blog (October 2016).
  • “Afterward: There is an Alternative: Historical Storytelling & Political Practice,” in Ezra Berkley Nepon, Justice, Justice, Shall You Pursue: A History of New Jewish Agenda (Thread Makes Blanket Press, 2012).
  • “Anti-Homophobia Education: Predicaments and Possibilities,” Perspectives on History: The Newsmagazine of the American Historical Association (May, 2010).
  • History as Art, Art as History: Contemporary Art and Social Studies Education, co-written with Dr. Dipti Desai and Jessica Hamlin (Routledge Press, 2009).
  • “Theater of the Assessed: Drama-Based Pedagogies in the History Classroom,” Radical History Review, September 2008.
  • “Ragini Devi.” Biographical entry for Notable American Women: A Biographical Dictionary, Volume 5, 1976-2000, (Harvard University Press, 2004).

Selected Presentations


  • Convener/Moderator, “Government Records and Data Transparency in the Digital Age: Describing the Problem, Imagining Solutions,”Digital Library Federation Forum, Pittsburgh, PA (October)
  • “Horizontal Mentorship: Radical Empathy and Professional Development,” SAA Annual Conference, Portland, OR (July)
  • Invited Presenter, Audiovisual Documentation of Police and Policing: Appraisal, Access, Privacy,” Joint Session of the Acquisitions & Appraisal/Privacy & Confidentiality Sections, Society of American Archivists Conference, Portland, OR (July)
  • Invited presenter, “Low-Cost, DIY, and Community-Based Approaches to Audiovisual Digitization: A Digital Library Federation Webinar,” Online (June).
  • Invited Respondent. “Practice, Property, and the Politics of Archives in Palestine/ Israel: A Workshop,” New York University, NY (April)
  • Panelist, “Emerging Best Practices in Archiving Dance,” The Film Society of Lincoln Center – Dance on Camera Festival (February)


  • “Conversation is my Favorite Tech Tool,”  Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (November)
  • “Digital Preservation for the Rest of Us—Adapting Best Practices on a Budget,” Association of Moving Image Archivists Conference, Pittsburgh, PA (November)
  • “What is the XFR Collective?” Part of a panel called “Power to the People: A Discussion of Personal Digital Archiving Labs,” Digital Library Federation Forum, Milwaukee, WI (November)
  • Lightning Talk, “Horizontal Mentorship for Digital Preservation: The XFR Collective Model,” Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group (PASIG), New York, NY (October)
  • “catalog.lamama.org,” CollectiveAccess User Group, Metropolitan Library Council of New York, New York, NY (September)
  • Panelist, “Handling History: Presenting and Archiving Subcultures and Social Movements,” ABC No Rio Gallery, New York, NY (May)
  • “Fundraising for Digital Archives Projects,” NDSR-NY Symposium, Brooklyn, NY (April)
  • “Grant Cycles, Deadlines, and Labor Advocacy: The Changing Work of Project Archivists,” Mid-Atlantic Records and Archives Conference (MARAC), Pittsburgh (April)


  • “Candy Darling and Copyright: Expanding Access to the Videotaped Record of 1970s-Era Experimental Theatre,” Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA), Portland, Oregon (November)
  • “Going CLIR: A Showcase of Recent Hidden Collections Cataloging Projects in New York,” Archivists’ Roundtable Forum, New York, NY (June)
  • “Cataloging La MaMa’s Early Years,” Archivists Roundtable of New York, New York. (June)
  • “Alt-Archives: Community-Based Video Collections” (Co-Leader), Council on Library and Information Resources, Hidden Collections UnConference, Philadelphia, PA. (March)
  • “La MaMa’s Pushcart Catalog: Creative Approaches to Cataloging Materials in a Community-Based Performing Arts Archive,” Metropolitan New York Library Council’s Annual Conference, New York, NY. (January)


  • “Archiving Video: A Workshop for Activists,” (Co-leader), Interference Archive, Brooklyn, NY. (November)
  • “Environment of Self in Time, Jennifer Monson in conversation with Rachel Mattson: A Stay Late (post-show) Discussion.” New York Live Arts, New York, NY. (November )
  • “Archives and Subpoenas,” Association of Moving Image Archivists Annual Conference, Savannah, Ga. (October)
  • “The Law of Replevin and the (Missing) Palestinian National Archive,” Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, Washington, DC. (August)
  • “Poetic World-Making in Queer Public History,” National Council on Public History Annual Meeting, Monterrey, California. (March)


  • “The Disaster of Military Occupation: Archives in Palestine,” Archivists’ Roundtable of New York Annual Meeting, New York, NY. (October)
  • “To Know the Architecture of Terror: The Open Access Policy of the Guatemalan National Police Historical Archive,” Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana. (August)
  • Discussant, Jennifer Monson’s Live Dancing Archive, American Realness Festival, Abrons Art Center, New York. (January)


  • Convener and Discussant, “Queer Archives Chat with Siobhan Somerville,” Pop Up SOHO, Leslie + Lohman Museum of LGBT Art. (August)
  • “Teaching Queer Histories: Workshops for K-12 Educators” The Pop-Up Museum of Queer Histories & the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies-CUNY, New York, NY


  • “Is Theater a Good Way to Participate in Democracy?: Queer Political Desire, Radical Aesthetics, and The Possible Effects of Purimshpiels in an Actually Existing Democracy,” New England American Studies Association Conference, Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston, MA. (October)
  • “Educational Theater and the History of Social Movements,” The Institute for the Investigation of Cultural Diversity and the Process of Change, National University of Argentina, Rio Negro. Bariloche, Argentina. (March)
  • “Repairing the Idea of ‘Repairing the World’: Thinking Historically about Jewish Community Service,” The Research Training Institute at Ma’yan, Jewish Community Center of the Upper West Side, New York City. (December)


  • “ ‘Aren’t All Hindus Muslims?’: Race, Religion, and Citizenship in the U.S., 1890-1952” National Endowment of Humanities Institute on the History of Citizenship, New-York Historical Society. (June)


  • “Documenting the Impossible: Archiving Diasporic Jewish Performances,” Corpopoliticas: The Encuentro of the Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics, Buenos Aires, Argentina. (June)


  • “‘Hindus Whom I Have Always Been Taught Were Whites’: Notes on the Short Career of Lapsed Racial Descriptor,” Naming Race, Naming Racism, University of Memphis. (April, 2006)
  • “Past Matters: Reframing Thind in an Age of Homeland Security.” Asian Americans and the Law, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. (February, 2005.)
  • “The Trouble with Transnational: Stories of Ragini Devi and 20th -Century American Ideas about Race.” Oral History Association. San Diego, CA. (October, 2002.)


Selected Awards and Fellowships

  • Researcher-in-Residence, Signal Culture, Owego, NY (February 2017).
  • Digital Library Federation/Association of Moving Image Archivists Cross-Pollinator Fellowship (November 2016).
  • Outstanding Teaching Award, Department of Gender Studies, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2013).
  • Mildred M. Luther and Kathryn Luther Henderson Fellowship in Preservation Studies, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (2013).
  • Outstanding Recognition Award, American Educational Research Association’s Division B—Curriculum Studies (2010).
  • Dissertation Grant. Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute For Advanced Study, Boston, MA.  (2001).
  • Margaret Brown Academic Award. New York University, Department of History. (1998-2002).


Selected Skills        

Competent in:

  • Project management and collaboration tools such as Slack, Trello, Basecamp, Trac, & Google Apps.
  • Command-line tools such as BagIt, r-sync, FFMpeg, MediaInfo, and md5deep.
  • Audiovisual editing and capture software such as FinalCutPro, Audacity, iMovie, and vRecord.
  • Archival standards, vocabularies, & models including DublinCore, PBCore, FRBR, OAIS, FADGI, EAD, & LCSH
  • Digital platforms such as Omeka, CollectiveAccess, Scalar, & WordPress.
  • Digital preservation-oriented GUIs including Exactly & Fixity.
  • Desktop software including Excel, Photoshop, & Filemaker.
  • Web-oriented languages and tools such as Wiki markup, HTML, CSS, XML, & GitHub.
  • Data visualization tools such as Google Earth and Excel.

Basic understanding of:

  • Python, OpenRefine, Archivematica, MySQL, & the LAMP stack.