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Robert D. Montoya

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor, Robert D. Montoya
Robert D. Montoya

GSE&IS 232
300 North Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

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Robert D. Montoya
Assistant Professor

Robert D. Montoya is an assistant professor in the UCLA Department of Information Studies, School of Education and Information Studies, Director of UCLA’s California Rare Book School, and Director of the Library, Ethics, and Justice Lab. His research focuses on information representation and positionality; critical, ethical, and justice-oriented LIS work; public libraries; and international library development. He received his PhD from the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, a MLIS with a specialization in rare books, print and visual culture from UCLA, and a MFA in creative writing from Antioch University, Los Angeles. His work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural history, U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy, Kosovo, and the National Library of Kosovo.  

Teaching and Research Interests


  • Assistant Professor, Department of Information Studies
  • Director of California Rare Book School
  • Director, Libraries, Justice, & Ethics Lab


  • Ph.D., Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles, 2017
  • Master of Library & Information Science (M.L.I.S.), University of California, Los Angeles, 2015
  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing (Concentration in Poetry), Antioch University, Los Angeles, 2008
  • B.A in English (American Literature and Culture), University of California, Los Angeles, 2003

Select Publications

  • "Power of Position: Classification and the Biodiversity Sciences." Forthcoming monograph from The MIT Press, History and Foundations of Information Science Series.