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Kathy Carbone

Kathy Carbone
Kathy Carbone

212 (G)SEIS Building

Los Angeles, CA 90095

Kathy Carbone

Kathy Carbone is a Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also the director, co-founder, and archivist of The Amplification Project: Digital Archive for Forced Migration, Contemporary Art, and Action, a community-led, public participatory digital archive that documents, preserves, and shares art and activism related to displacement, border crossing, and refuge. Before joining UCLA, she was the Institute Archivist and Performing Arts Librarian for over a decade at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) and a modern dancer and choreographer for more than 25 years. Carbone’s research focuses on the role archives play in contemporary art practice, preserving and transmitting cultural heritage, social relations and community building, meaning-making, individual and social memory, human rights, and liberatory work.

Teaching and Research Interests
Research Center


  • Ph.D., Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles
  • MLIS, Academic Librarianship, Kent State University
  • MA, Modern Dance and Music, Ohio University
  • BFA, Modern Dance, Ohio University

Select Publications

  • Carbone, Kathy, Anne J. Gilliland, and Maria Montenegro. “Rights in and to Records and Recordkeeping: Fighting Bureaucratic Violence through a Human Rights-Centered Approach to the Creation, Management and Dissemination of Documentation,” Education for Information: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies 37, no.1 (2021): 3-26.
  • Carbone, Kathy. “Dear Sister Artist: Activating Feminist Art Letters and Ephemera in the Archive,” in “Radical Empathy in Archival Practice,” eds. Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Jasmine Jones, Shannon O’Neill, and Holly Smith. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 3 (2020): 1-24.
  • Carbone, Kathy. “Archival Art: Memory Practices, Interventions, and Productions,” Curator: The Museum Journal 62, no.2 (2020): 257-263.
  • Carbone, Kathy. “A Collection and its Many Relations and Contexts: Constructing an Object Biography of the Police Historical/Archival Investigative Files,” Journal of Documentation 76, no.3 (2020): 753-767.