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Cristina Fontanez Rodriguez

Virginia Thoren and Institute Archivist; Visiting Assistant Professor


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.

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