Cristina Fontanez Rodriguez

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Virginia Thoren and Institute Archivist, Visiting Assistant Professor Library, Information & Library Science 718.687.5381 p Brooklyn Campus, Pratt Library 1ST FL

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Master of Library Science
Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials
CUNY Queens College Graduate School of Library & Information Science
Bachelor of Arts, Geography
Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras


Cristina Fontánez Rodríguez is the Virginia Thoren and Institute Archivist at Pratt Institute Libraries and Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Information. Prior to joining Pratt, Cristina was a National Digital Stewardship Resident for Art Information at the Maryland Institute College of Art's Decker Library. Cristina’s work is focused on the application of social justice principles to archival practice through participatory and non-hierarchical ways of knowledge-seeking and making. She is a founding member of Archivistas en Espanglish, a collective dedicated to amplifying spaces of memory-building between Latin America and Latinx communities in the US, and is an editor for Archivoz International Archives Magazine. She is the Director of Outreach for the Archivists Roundtable of Metropolitan NY and currently co-runs Barchives, an independent outreach initiative that brings archivists to bars to talk about New York City’s archival collections and local history. She holds a BA in Geography from Universidad de Puerto Rico Recinto de Río Piedras and an MLS with a certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials from CUNY Queens College.