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Ricky Punzalan

Ricky Punzalan

Associate Professor of Information, School of Information Email: ricpunz@umich.edu Phone: 734/764-5876
Office: School of Information/105 S. State Street Faculty Role: Faculty Potential PhD Faculty Advisor: Yes Personal website

Biography

I hold a Ph.D. in Information as well as graduate certificates in Science, Technology, and Society (STS) and Museum Studies from the University of Michigan (UM). I earned my Bachelor of Library Science and Master of Library and Information Science (archives and museum studies concentration) from the University of the Philippines Diliman. I previously taught on the faculty of the University of the Philippines School of Library and Information Studies (2000 to 2006) and the University of Maryland College of Information Studies (2013 to 2019). I worked on a variety of archival projects in the Philippines, which include establishing the archives of a former leprosarium and curated a museum exhibit for the centennial of its founding as a segregation facility. I was also had previous experience as archivist for a University museum. From 2018 to 2021, I served on the Council of the Society of American Archivists, the organization's highest governing body. I currently serve on the steering committee of UM's Museum Studies Program.

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Areas of interest

I believe that archives and legacy research data must not only advance academic research, but also contribute to the wellbeing of communities. In this spirit, I do work that examines the access and use of digitized anthropological archives and ethnographic data on academic and Indigenous researchers. My work foregrounds the challenges faced by underserved and Indigenous communities and creates dialogs between communities and cultural institutions. I design and carry out community-based, participatory research projects, which incorporate the perspectives of cultural heritage stakeholders beyond academic researchers.

I currently co-direct, ReConnect/ReCollect: Reparative Connections to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan (https://www.reconnect-recollect.com), a two-year project that receive funding the University of Michigan's Humanities Collaboratory. This effort aims to develop both the framework and the corresponding set of practices of reparative work for the University’s Philippine collections that were acquired during U.S. colonial period.

For more information about my research, please visit my website, rpunzalan.com.

Education

Ph.D. in Information, University of Michigan
Master of Library and Information Science, University of the Philippines Diliman
Graduate Certificate Museum Studies, University of Michigan
Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), University of Michigan
Bachelor in Library Science, University of the Philippines Diliman

News

Ricky Punzalan, wearing a blue shirt, smiles as he stands among the stacks of archives in a University of Michigan library.
Punzalan appointed chair of the SAA Archival Repatriation Committee

The committee was established this year with a charge to work to ensure that the Society of American Archivists supports the goal of helping archivists in repatriating and receiving Indigenous archival materials.

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"Congratulations 2022 UMSI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards Recipients."
UMSI announces 2022 DEI Awards recipients

Learn about this year's UMSI DEI Awards recipients and their far-reaching, positive effects on the school’s diversity, equity and inclusion efforts.

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