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University of Michigan School of Information

Ricardo Punzalan

Ricky Punzalan

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


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. 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). At Maryland, I co-directed the University’s Museum Scholarship and Material Culture graduate program. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, 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. I am currently a research associate at the Smithsonian’s National Anthropological Archives and Council member of the Society of American Archivists.

Areas of interest

My scholarship is in the area of archives and digital curation. In particular, I study the access and use of digitized anthropological archives and ethnographic data on academic and Indigenous researchers. I believe that archives and legacy research data must not only advance academic research, but also contribute in the wellbeing of communities. My research has had the greatest impact in the area of virtual reunification and digital repatriation of cultural heritage collections. This research brought to the fore a critical challenge faced by underserved and indigenous communities and created dialogs between indigenous communities and cultural institutions. To do this work, I design and carry out community-based, participatory research projects, which incorporate the perspectives of cultural heritage stakeholders beyond academic researchers, including indigenous communities, Native scholars, and cultural heritage professionals. For more information about my research, please visit my website,


Bachelor in Library Science, University of the Philippines Diliman

Master of Library and Information Science, University of the Philippines Diliman

Ph.D. in Information, University of Michigan

Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Society (STS), University of Michigan

Graduate Certificate Museum Studies, University of Michigan


ICHORA 2020: Archives and the Digital World, October 26-30
UMSI to host 2020 ICHORA conference

A keynote address from UMSI Professor Margaret Hedstrom and a book launch for Senior Associate Dean Elizabeth Yakel are highlights of the International Conference on the History of Records and Archives.

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new fall faculty 2020
UMSI welcomes new faculty in fall 2020

The incoming faculty at the School of Information in fall 2020 include three alumni of UMSI.

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