Mario H. Ramirez is the Head of Special Collections and Archives at the California State University, Los Angeles. He received a PhD in Information Studies and a Certificate in Experimental Critical Theory from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2017. Previously, he has held appointments as Project Archivist at the Bancroft Library (UC Berkeley) and at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies (Hunter College, CUNY). From 2018 to 2019, he was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington. He has occupied several leadership and committee positions in the Society of American Archivists and is currently serving a three- year term on its governing council. Among his publications are “Whither the Human in Human Rights: On Misrecognition, Ontology, and Archives” (Archivaria), “On ‘Monstrous’ Subjects and Human Rights Documentation” (Emerging Trends in Archival Science), “‘To Suddenly Discover Yourself Existing’: Uncovering the Affective Impact of Community Archives” (with Michelle Caswell and Marika Cifor, American Archivist), and “Being Assumed Not to Be: A Critique of Whiteness as an Archival Imperative” (American Archivist).
Courses taught: The Critical Praxis of Special Collections Librarianship, 2022