Marika Cifor

CFD Postdoctoral Fellow in Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies

Teaching this semester

GSWS 2111. Viral Cultures: HIV/AIDS in Science, Policy, and Culture

In the thirty-plus years since its emergence, HIV/AIDS has dramatically altered the world’s social, political, economic, scientific, and cultural landscape. From the early 1980s through the present, people living with HIV and AIDS, activists, artists, policymakers, and researchers have sought to understand the ways that HIV/AIDS is transforming how we live and die, how we think and create, and what we value. Brings students together to work across disciplines to address the complexities of HIV/AIDS on global, national, local, and individual scales. Students examine various aspects of the HIV/AIDS pandemic: activism, epidemiology, cultural history, medical treatment; the business, economics, and industry of disease, HIV and global health, law and public policy; and representations of HIV/AIDS in literature, archives, media, and the arts. Throughout, the intersections of HIV/AIDS with sexuality, gender, race, ability, culture, religion, nation, poverty, and other factors that crucially shape the lives and life chances of those living with HIV/AIDS are addressed. Critically engaging diverse materials and topics illuminates how contemporary societies have and continue to witness, frame, and make meaning of the ongoing HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Marika Cifor is an interdisciplinary scholar of gender, sexuality, and information. Her research focuses on developing complex understandings of how LGBTQ individuals and communities and persons living with HIV and AIDS come to define themselves, their social groups and movements, and their past, present and future through archives, new media, and data produced within digital cultures. Currently, she is working on a book and accompanying digital humanities project, Viral Cultures: Nostalgia, Affect and HIV/AIDS Archives, that examines the critical potential of the emotions and memories that are recorded and produced by archives documenting 1980s and 1990s HIV/AIDS activism in the United States.


  • B.A., Mills College
  • M.S., Library and Information Science, Simmons College
  • M.A., History, Simmons College
  • Ph.D., Information Studies, UCLA

Selected Publications

Cifor, M. & Wood, S. (Invited; 2017). Critical Feminism in the Archives. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1(2).

Cifor, M. & Lee, J.A. (2017). Towards an Archival Critique: Opening Possibilities for Addressing Neoliberalism in the Archival Field. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1(1).

Caswell, M., Migoni, A.A., Geraci, N. & Cifor, M. (2016). ‘To Be Able to Imagine Otherwise’: A Framework for Understanding the Impact of Community Archives. Archives and Records.

Cifor, M. (2016). Affecting Archives: Introducing Affect Studies to Archival Discourse. Archival Science 16(1): 7-31.

Cifor, M. (2016). Aligning Bodies: Collecting, Arranging, and Describing Hatred for a Critical Queer Archives. Library Trends 64(4): 756-775.

Caswell, M. & Cifor, M. (2016). From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in the Archives. Archivaria 81: 23-83.

Cifor, M. (2016). Acting Up, Talking Back: TITA, TIARA, and the Value of Gossip. InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 12(1).

Caswell, M., Cifor, M. & Ramirez, M.H. (2016). ‘To Suddenly Discover Yourself Existing’: Uncovering the Affective Impact of Community Archives. The American Archivist 79(1): 56-81.

Cifor, M. (2015). Presence, Absence, and Victoria’s Hair: Affect and Embodiment in Trans Archives. TSQ: Transgender Studies Quarterly 2(4): 645-649.

Wood, S., Carbone, K., Cifor, M., Gilliland, A.J. & Punzalan, R. (2014). Mobilizing Records: Re-Framing Archival Description to Support Human Rights. Archival Science 14: 397-414.