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Tonia Sutherland

Assistant Professor
Tonia Sutherland
Tonia Sutherland

Department of Information Studies, Moore Hall 3039B, University of California, Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 90095

Curriculum Vitae

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Tonia Sutherland
Assistant Professor

Tonia Sutherland is Assistant Professor of Information Studies at UCLA. Sutherland holds a PhD and an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh and a BA in history, performance studies, and cultural studies from Hampshire College. Global in scope, Sutherland’s research focuses on the critical and liberatory in archival studies, digital studies, and science and technology studies, emphasizing the often-messy entanglements of memory, community, and technology. Sutherland, an internationally recognized expert in the study of Black archival practices, is the author of Resurrecting the Black Body: Race and the Digital Afterlife (University of California Press, 2023) as well as over two dozen articles and book chapters. In addition to her research and teaching, Sutherland is the Co-Director of the Community Archives Lab at UCLA, Co-Founder and Co-Director of AfterLab at the University of Washington's iSchool, and a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies at NYU.


Teaching and Research Interests

  • Archival Theory & Practice
  • Black Archives & Archival Practices
  • Critical Race & Digital Studies
  • Critical Information Studies / Critical Data Studies

Research Center affiliations


  • PhD, Archival Studies, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • MLIS, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, 2005
  • BA, History, Performance Studies, & Cultural Studies, Hampshire College, 1997

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