Chelsea Gunn

Archival studies educator and researcher in Pittsburgh, PA

   Sustaining DH
   PDA 2019

I’m a Teaching Assistant Professor in the department of Information Culture and Data Stewardship at the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Computing and Information. I also serve as the Chair of the Bernadette Callery Lecture Series within SCI, and am on the Board of Directors for Prototype, a non-profit dedicated to building gender and racial equity in tech and entrepreneurship.

My courses in the Masters of Library and Information Science program engage with topics in archival theory and practice, personal and community archives, digital humanities, and design methods in the information professions. My current research interests build on my dissertation research, which explored archival treatments of personal records, and specifically, how archivists collect personal digital archives that have been created in complex socio-technical systems.

Prior to coming to Pitt, I received my MLIS from Simmons University and worked in the cultural heritage sector in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. In addition to my work in the information sciences, I have been employed in book and record stores, by a youth mentoring program, as a dog walker, and as a sample knitter for a knitwear design company. Each of these experiences has contributed, in both straightforward and unexpected ways, to the work I do today. Outside of working hours I can most often be found reading, knitting, or riding my bike.