EASP Recipient Biographies



Jarrett M. Drake

Jarrett M. Drake is a Master’s degree candidate at the University of Michigan School of Information where he specializes in archives and records management. At Michigan, he also serves as a University Library Associate at the Special Collections Library and a processing assistant at the Bentley Historical Library. Prior to attending Michigan, Drake has worked at the Maryland State Archives as a research archivist on the Legacy of Slavery project, at the Yale University Library Manuscripts and Archives as a student archivist, and at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library as a manuscript assistant. He holds a B.A. in History from Yale University.

Drake’s research interests include the ways in which government records produce and silence interpretations of the past as they pertain to marginalized groups. He is further concerned with how the resulting narratives imbed collective memory. To this end, Drake has presented research at the National Council for Black Studies (March, 2012) and the Midwest Archives Conference (April, 2012); upcoming paper presentations include the Tupac Amaru Shakur Collection Conference (September, 2012) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (October, 2012).

His forthcoming master’s thesis will use a legal framework to analyze accountability issues related to records produced by privately contracted correctional facilities. As such, Drake’s philosophy on scholarship is one rooted in empirical rigor and driven by social justice.

Alexandra Giffen

I recently received my bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in Asian American Studies from UCLA. My interest in archives and research began when I helped record and preserve oral histories from members of Venice, California’s Japanese American community for a book on the community’s history. Since my time in Venice, I have interned and been employed at educational and cultural institutions such as UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Japanese American National Museum.

I am interested in learning how multiracialism is remembered throughout history and how it will be approached in future educational and archival environments. As a multiracial person myself, learning about others with similar backgrounds has always been of great value and interest to me. Given that the number of people who identify as being multiracial is on the rise in the United States, making this kind of information accessible is more relevant than ever.

Veronica Pipestem

Veronica Pipestem is a graduate student in the Library and Information Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies from Dartmouth College and a Master of Arts in Literary and Cultural Studies from the University of Oklahoma. Pipestem is consulting at Pawnee Nation College to develop a library and archive. She also helped develop a partnership between the Osage Nation Language Department and the Department of Native American Languages at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History (SNOMNH) to digitize and catalog the Osage language collection archival materials housed at SNOMNH. In addition to digitizing and cataloging Osage language materials, Pipestem transcribes and translates materials for the Osage Nation Language Department. Pipestem is an enrolled member of the Otoe-Missouria Tribe and an Osage headright holder.

Christina Cannon

Christina Cannon obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Idaho State University. She plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Sociology at CSU Sacramento. Her research interests focus on minorities in rural communities. More specifically, she is interested in the intersections between gender, class, and race in community organizational development and activities. Her research activities include ethnographic techniques, in-depth interviews, and participatory observation. She is also active in her community and helped to develop archives for a branch of her local NAACP. Christina plans to become an academic. As a professor, she plans to have students actively participate in the educational process by engaging them with real-life sociological problems. She believes students should apply critical analysis to their everyday struggles and triumphs. Sociology helps us understand our complex society as well as our individual actions as long as we are aware, educated citizens.

Angelica Bullock

Angelica Bullock is a second year masters student in the Africana Studies Department at the University at Albany, in Albany, New York. She received her undergraduate degree in History at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. Angelica has a deep interest and commitment to social issues. Her academic intent is to advance diversity and social justice. Her academic interests include gender studies, Africana Studies, American Studies, race relations, and social justice movements.   These themes are related to her intrinsic interest in diversity and social justice. She has had two experiences that sparked her interest in Archival Studies.   The first, her interview with Marian Spencer, a civil rights activist in Cincinnati, Ohio, at the ripe age of 90, where she documented her life through video recording focusing on Spencer’s journey attending the University of Cincinnati when it started to accept black applicants, her struggle to desegregate Coney Island in Cincinnati, and her other life accomplishments. The second spark was her experience at Hebrew Union College at the American Jewish Archives in Cincinnati OH, where she wrote a paper concerning Jewish involvement during the Civil Rights Era, entitled “Northern and Southern Rabbis during the Civil Rights Era,” and presented her findings at conferences. Because of her experiences, she hopes to incorporate her academic interests in the realm of archival studies.   Angelica has an interest in archival studies because it holds much importance in society. It concerns the preservation of people and communities. Archives are the “first” places that hold a person and a community’s voice. Angelica is excited to attend the Emerging Archival Scholars Program and looks forward meeting new people, learning others unique techniques, passions and commitments, developing beneficial skills in the field of archival studies, and being an active participant.


Undergraduate Students

Itza A. Carbajal

Itza is a senior at the University of Texas, San Antonio where she is double majoring in History and English. Through her experiences as a transnational daughter of immigrants, a displaced Hurricane Katrina survivor, and a woman of color, her research interests include community archives, the use of archives as centers of power, archives and memory, and archives as sites of knowledge production.

Myra Vasquez-Brambila

Myra Vasquez-Brambila is a senior at the University of California, Merced where she is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in World History. Myra’s research interests include the history of the eugenics movement and the use of commonplace books in Early Modern England.

Nestor Ramirez

Nestor is a first generation college student. He is a senior at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona where is pursuing a B.S. degree in Hospitality Management and B.A. in Gender, Ethnic and Multi-Cultural studies.

Twanna Hodge

Twanna majored in Humanities and minored in communication and psychology at the University of the Virgin Islands. Her research interests include the social impacts of archives and information and cultural archives in institutions of higher education.

Graduate Students

Tomaro Taylor

Tomaro Taylor is a master¹s student in American Studies at the University of South Florida (USF) Tampa.  She received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology (1998) and American Studies (2001) and holds a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science (2002).  A Certified Archivist, Tomaro currently works as a librarian and archivist at the Florida Mental Health Institute Research Library at USF Tampa. Her current research interests include: the representation of longshoremen in popular culture; the intersection of homoeroticism and performativity in gangsta rap; and culturally diverse collections in special collections and archives.

Jamal Batts

Jamal Batts is an M.A. Student in the Department of American Studies at California State University, Fullerton. He is also a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University’s African-American Studies Department.  His research interests include hip-hop, queer performance, fashion, visual culture, and the Black Arts Movement.

Dewis A. Shallcross

Dewis Shallcross is a Master’s student in Latin American and Latino Studies at Fordham University in New York. She specializes in Latin American art and cultural heritage

in the pre-Columbian and colonial periods, specifically, the development of religious art, the creation of national patrimony, and identity formulation in the New World. Her current research centers on the creation of national patrimony in Mexico and other Latin American and Caribbean countries through archaeological zones, symbols based on indigenous art, and state-produced ‘official’ histories.

Charla Wilson

Charla Wilson is a first year graduate student in History at California State University,     San Marcos. Her research interests include African American History, women’s history, and history of children’s literature.

Andrew Ojeda

Andrew Ojeda is a M.A. student in the Department of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University. Andrew’s research interests center on the topic of black being in the present moment. His research interests include racial performativity, identity, and colorism.


JoyEllen Freeman

My name is JoyEllen Freeman, and I live in Alpharetta, GA. I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in archival studies from Clayton State University in Morrow, GA. I just finished my first year in the program. In 2012, I graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor’s degree in English. Although I entered my undergraduate career with the goal of becoming an English teacher, I fell in love with archives while working as an undergraduate researcher for the Civil Rights Digital Library (http://crdl.usg.edu). After this experience, I began to immerse myself within the world of archives, particularly focusing on nineteenth- and twentieth-century African American history. In 2010, I completed a Summer Research Fellowship about an autistic slave, and in 2011, I published my undergraduate thesis discussing the Black Power Movement and film. I’ve also worked as an archival intern at the National Archives at Atlanta, the Roswell Historical Society, and the Fulton County Board of Education Teaching Museum. My areas of interest include African American history and literature of all kinds, nineteenth- and twentieth-century southern history, and K-12 pedagogy. I am particularly interested in the use of archives in K-12 education because I enjoy bringing history and archives into the world of children. I currently work as a preschool teacher, but I hope to one day work as an archivist in a library, a school, or a museum. In my spare time, I enjoy writing historical fiction novels for children. My first novel was released in March of this year, and its title is Morning Glory.

During my time at the AERI conference, I would like to get a better understanding for doctoral programs available for aspiring archivists, and I would like to get feedback from other archivists about the integration of archives in K-12 education. Last but not least, I would like to make some great connections and develop new friendships!

Alexandra Giffen (returning scholar)

I am currently pursuing my MA. in Archives and Public History at New York University. During the academic year I work for the University’s Asian/Pacific/American (A/P/A) Institute where I assist with bringing New York City-based Asian American archival collections into NYU’s various archival repositories. My research interests include digital archives, projects, and preservation, community archives, and Asian American history.

Having first attended AERI shortly after finishing my undergraduate degree, I’m looking forward to returning with the perspective of a graduate student. My initial experience with AERI inspired me to apply to graduate school to pursue an MA. I am now halfway through my program and have a stronger understanding of Archival Studies. AERI has provided me with tremendous academic inspiration in the past and I am eager to return to it this year.

Juan Carlos Jauregui

I am a recent graduate of the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in History (concentration in European and United States history). My research interests are developing and have evolved from the memorialization and/or representation of genocide or man-made traumas in places of remembrance and museums to my current and primary interest on the study of present day memorialization of totalitarian or authoritative regimes in contemporary Europe. I am currently the Archival & Curatorial intern at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust as part of the Getty Multicultural Summer Internship Program. I hope to meet professionals in the field of Archival Studies and Information Science that can help cultivate, guide, and mentor my research interests and career goals. I also hope to be better prepared and knowledgeable after AERI/EASP to apply for masters and PhD graduate programs within this year.

Hiroshi Kurakata

I just received my BA in Linguistics from California State University, Long Beach. I am interested in all things linguistics, but I think I would like to focus on language documentation, a subdivision of linguistics concerning the documentation, description, archiving, and revitalization of languages (especially endangered languages). I am tentatively thinking of working on native languages of the Americas.

I hope that attending AERI can give me an idea of what Information Studies is, and how it might help contribute to the documentation and archiving parts of the language documentation process. Documentary Linguistics is very interdisciplinary in nature, and I think that this emerging field and Information Studies share a lot of overlap that is worth exploring.

Tomaro I. Taylor (returning scholar)

Tomaro is a second year master’s student in American Studies at the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL).  She is currently working on her thesis project, which considers the performance of male, working class bodies in view of the “middle-class frame” projected in 1950s popular media.  Tomaro holds a master’s degree in Library and Information Science and currently works as an Associate University Librarian and Certified Archivist for the University of South Florida Libraries. Her current research interests include ethnography, documentation, performativity, and experiential archival education.

Tomaro is interested in pursuing Ph.D. studies with a concentration in archives and would like to speak to current students about their chosen programs.  She is especially interested in speaking with students whose lives have taken an educational or career path similar to her own. Tomaro is also interested in conversing with individuals who have enrolled in or considered online programs for the completion of their studies.


Allison Campbell

B.A. in Art History University of Oklahoma; MLIS University of Oklahoma (expected 2016). Research interests: Community Archives, Human Computer Interaction, Contemporary Visual and Performing Arts, Community Spaces, Preservation of Digital and New Media, and Social Movements Past and Present. My interests in interdisciplinary collaborations, bridging the fields of art, technology, politics, and documentation allow me to engage with a wide array of people. My research intends to gather data on developing social movements and the people and places from which they emerge; this connects me with artists, writers, archivists, librarians, and community organizers, among others. As archivists, we know that relationship-building is a way to create a lasting impact, and AERI is an environment for expanding my network of friends and colleagues in the archival discipline. As excited as I am to engage in a discourse about contemporary archival practice, I come to listen to the experts and emerging scholars in the field.

JoyEllen Freeman (returning scholar)

B.A. in English from the University of Georgia (August 2012); Master of Archival Studies from Clayton State University (expected December 2016). Research interests: My research interests include the use of archives in K-12 education, community archives, and African American archives. I attended the 2014 AERI conference as an EASP scholar, and it was one of my most exhilarating academic experiences yet. I enjoyed learning from an international group of scholars with diverse research interests and who all shared a passion for archival studies, theory, and research. Last year, I came away from AERI both encouraged and inspired to continue pursuing my research interests through my graduate program. This year, my goal is to initiate more discussions with fellow colleagues about my current research efforts in the hopes of gaining further insight into my academic interests. I also hope to gain a better understanding of how to apply for and navigate a doctoral program in archival studies. Lastly, I am ready to reconnect with an amazing group of individuals who made me feel so welcomed in Pittsburgh last year.

Joyce Gabiola

B.A. in English/Creative Writing from the University of Houston; MSLIS Archives Management, Simmons College (Expected May 2016). Research interests: I am interested in examining social justice issues in LIS professions and core graduate curricula, including a special interest in identity (race, gender, sexuality) and intersectionality, and their impact on information literacy and access, pedagogy, outreach, service, collections, preservation, etc. In addition to exploring the documentation, preservation and collective memory of marginalized or underrepresented communities, I have a particular interest in unearthing and preserving the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersex Asian Pacific Americans, along with their families and communities, in the South. Attending AERI as an Emerging Archival Scholar is a unique opportunity to learn from and engage with practitioners, educators and fellow students regarding the archives profession and archival education. Through this experience, I am hoping to gain not only a clearer perspective regarding the pursuit of a Ph.D. in archival studies, but also knowledge that will enhance my graduate education in archives management and eventually help to inform my goals of ensuring a diverse archival representation in practice, engaging and building relationships with underrepresented communities, advancing social justice in and out of LIS, and fostering a safe and empowered environment for scholarship.

 Javier Sepúlveda Garibay

B.A. Politics, B.A. Latin American and Latino Studies; MLIS with archival science specialization from UCLA (expected June 2015). Research interests: I am primarily interested in the development of community-based archives for immigrant and indigenous communities. I have begun the creation of a community-archive in Oxnard, California with the Mixteco population with the assistance of a grassroots organization called the Mixteco/Indígena Community Organizing Project (MICOP). Through AERI, I hope to meet other scholars and professionals who could assist me, in theory and practice, in further developing and expanding projects like this in other parts of California, and provide for me insight in continuing my education in archival studies.

Talía Guzmán-González

B.A. in Latin American Studies, University of Puerto Rico; Ph.D. in Brazilian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison; MLS University of Maryland-College Park (Expected May 2016). Research interests: Archives and human rights, community archives, archives as space of memory building, underrepresented groups in the archives (as users, archivists, and material presence), academic librarianship, Brazilian studies. At AERI I hope to learn more about the archival field from an academic and professional perspective, and discuss new theoretical trends in the field and their practical day-to-day applications in archives in the US and abroad. I’m also interested in exploring the intersections between libraries (special collections) and archives and how a more symbiotic relationship between both can secure their continued relevance for users.

Bergis Jules

B.A. in African American and African Studies from Earlham College; M.L.S. with Specialization in Archives and Records Management and M.A. in African American and African Diaspora Studies – both from Indiana University. Research interests: Community Archives, Archiving Communities of Color in Digital Spaces, Social Media Archives. I’m looking forward to this great opportunity to learn from established faculty and emerging scholars. For someone considering pursuing a Ph.D., this is a rare opportunity to network with a large group of like-minded individuals in your field and also in a setting that is designed to support emerging archival scholars. I think the most important benefit of attending AERI will be the opportunity to be in the same room and to engage in discussions with people who are doing creative and intellectually engaging work around the study of archives.

Julia Kim

B.A. in Religious Studies from Columbia University, minor in Visual Arts; Masters in Moving Image Archiving and Preservation from NYU Tisch School of the Arts, incomplete Masters in Library and Information Science at the Palmer School. Research interests: audiovisual time-based media, complex media. I’m thrilled to meet the AERI community as a first-time attendee and EA Scholar. Attending AERI will give me the opportunity to meet scholars and learn about new research in the field. I’m particularly interested in the areas of born-digital archives, complex media, and participatory archives.  This was of particular focus this past year during my National Digital Stewardship Residency at NYU Libraries this.

Harvey Long

B.A. in English from Winston-Salem State University; M.A. in Library and Information Studies (expected 2016). Research interests: African American history, oral history, community outreach and ArchivesIn addition to being exposed to innovative archival research, I am hoping to learn more about doctoral programs in the Library and Information profession.

Shavonn Matsuda

Undergraduate degrees: B.A. in Political Science, BA in Hawaiian Studies from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Graduate degree: Working on MLISc from University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Research interests: digital archives; information services for indigenous communities; access and knowledge organization systems. Attending AERI will provide me the opportunity to learn from and network with archival studies scholars beyond Hawai‘i. As an EA Scholar, I am eager to learn about current research and trends as well as to share and get feedback on my own research. I am also hoping to participate in discussions and potential projects that involve envisioning the future of archives.

Hannivett Nabahe

B.A. in English from Brigham Young University. Pursuing an MLIS degree and graduate certificates in Archives and Digital Information Management from the University of Arizona. Research interests: Digital access and preservation of archives with a special focus on underrepresented communities and indigenous languages, as well as related intellectual property and copyright issues. It is my hope that the Emerging Archival Scholars Program will facilitate the building of relationships that will allow me to reach out to colleagues for future collaboration in projects of outreach using digital technologies, on ways to optimize catalogs and repositories with both researchers and the general public in mind, and on how to best fit the needs of underrepresented communities as we reclaim a place for our voices in the global archive.

Jane Nelson

B.A. in Art History from the University of Colorado. Currently working on my MLIS. Research interests:  The divide between the “fetish of the object” and digital materials, archivists as project managers, the accountability of archival work, and the Japanese archives system. I am hoping to gain more in depth insight into the current trends and motivations of archival research across the world. While journals support my “habit” for information with articles that have already been peer-reviewed and published, I am more interested in what will be and where we are headed. Also, I think it will be a great experience to meet other people that are passionate about similar things in a world where many of my local peers are confounded by my career path. Overall, I hope to gain new avenues for knowledge and connections by attending AERI as an EA Scholar.

Amy Wickner

A.B. in Architecture and Urban Planning from Princeton University. Research interests:  Archival qualities of born-digital preservation; community archives; archives-building in digital humanities; preserving born-digital news; design data curation. I’m looking forward to learning from my peers (EA Scholars) and from the many students presenting at AERI. While the MLS curriculum offers access to the work of established and recognized voices in the classroom, AERI is an opportunity to learn how ongoing student research extends, enhances, and critiques that body of work.


Sony Prosper

Bachelor of Arts in History from Mercer University
M.S. in Library and Information Science (expected 2017)
Research interests: Archival appraisal, African American history, digital archives, evolution of archival functions in digital environment, Haitian/Haitian American history.

Amanda M. Leftwich

BA in Art History from Arcadia University
MSLS Candidate in Library Science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania (expected 2018)
Research interests: Diversity in librarianship, African American & Native American history, disability studies, LGQTQIA advocacy, and access services.

Charlotte Von De Bur

BA in English/Gender and Sexuality Studies from the University of Chicago
Research interests: Queer theory, gender theory, LGBT history, reception history, special collections, conservation, rare book and manuscript studies, and pedagogy

Jimmy Zavala

BA in Latin American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles.
MA in History from California State University, Los Angeles.
MS in Library and Information Science, in progress at UCLA.
Research interests: analyzing the role of community archives in shaping community memory and providing marginalized communities with representation, empowerment, and access to archives; archives and social justice

Desiree Alaniz

BA in Political Science and Gender Studies at UC Davis
MLS/MA in Archives Management and History, in progress at Simmons College
Research interests: Archival education, critical archival practices, community archives and social movement history.

Shaina Vanessa Destine

BS in Sport/Entertainment/Event Management with a concentration in Hospitality Sales & Meeting Management at Johnson & Wales University in North Miami, FL.
MLIS, Archives and Digital Curation at University of Maryland, College Park (in progress)
Research interests: archives and social justice; race, culture, and marginalized communities

Garcie Locklear

BS in Education from Pembroke State University (formerly-University of North Carolina @ Pembroke)
Master of Arts in Education from the Pembroke State University
Master of Library Science from East Carolina University
Research interests: Seeking out and extracting evidence from archival records pertaining to The Lost Colony and the American Indians in North Carolina and South Carolina.

Enid Ocegueda

BA in History from UC, Riverside
M.L.I.S degree at San Jose State University (starting Fall of 2016).
Research interests: My areas of interest include late 19th century and early 20th century history, women’s history, women’s representation in archives, underrepresentation in archives, preservation of materials, community archives, and digital archives.

Mali Collins

BA in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies, Minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota.
MA in Black Studies within the Culture and Theory Department from the University of California, Irvine (in progress)
Research interests: Black Studies, Black epistemologies and methodologies in researching cultural archives.

Will Thomas

BS in Computer Science, University of Richmond
MLS, University of Maryland, College Park (in progress)
Research Interests: Computational Archival Science, recontextualization of archival records from Reconstruction and the Gilded Age