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David Wallace

Clinical Associate Professor of Information, School of Information Email: Phone: 734/763-3997
Office: School of Information/3438 North Quad Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: No Stories for Hope - Rwanda


I am a Clinical Associate Professor and have been a full-time graduate level educator since 1997. I have published and presented in a wide range of professional forums, examining: recordkeeping and accountability; archiving and the shaping of the present and the past; archival social justice; freedom of information; government secrecy; professional ethics; electronic records management; and graduate archival education. I am: lead editor and contributor to Archives, Recordkeeping & Social Justice (2020); editor of a special double issue of Archival Science on “Archives and the Ethics of Memory Construction” (2011); co-editor of Archives and the Public Good: Accountability and Records in Modern Society (2002), and served as the series technical editor for twelve volumes of the National Security Archive's The Making of U.S. Policy series (1989-1992). I have consulted widely, including substantial associations with the South African History Archive’s Freedom of Information Programme, The Kresge Foundation, and Stories For Hope, an intergenerational storytelling NGO in Rwanda. Between 2015 – 2020 I was responsible faculty for UMSI's Global Information Engagement Program in Cape Town, South Africa.


Areas of interest

The politics of recordmaking & recordkeeping and how they help shape and misshape the construction of the past and the present

Social justice and archives

Online music archives

Honors & Awards

Award for Excellence in Instruction, School of Information, University of Michigan (2014-2015)

Britt Literary Award, ARMA International (2001)


Ph.D., Library Science, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (1997)

M.L.S., School of Information Science and Policy, State University of New York at Albany (1987)

B.A., Anthropology, State University of New York at Binghamton (1984)


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UMSI students provide Arab American National Museum invaluable community accessibility and usability expertise

Master of Science in Information students partnered with Dearborn’s Arab American National Museum in client-based courses to help staff better understand how to bring users to their website and how users access information amid an extended pandemic closure.

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David Wallace was quoted by the Washington Post
David Wallace on the failings of the 9/11 Commission

David Wallace’s research was quoted by the Washington Post in an article about the failings of the congressional commission set up to investigate the events that led up to the terrorist attacks on the U.S. on Sept. 11, 2001.

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