Tonia Sutherland

Tonia Sutherland (@toniasutherland) is assistant professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Sutherland holds a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh’s iSchool, an MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA in history, performance studies, and cultural studies from Hampshire College. Global in scope, Suther­land’s research focuses on entanglements of technology and culture, with particular emphases on digital culture; data and society; critical engagements with information and communication technologies; technology and the arts; Science and Technology Studies; archival theory and practice; and community and cultural informatics.

Recently, Sutherland’s work has focused on the relationships between 20th century lynching records and 21st century digital cultures of racialized violence, critically examining issues of race, ritual, and embodiment in digital spaces. Sutherland’s research also focuses on the social facets of large-scale digital projects. Specifically, this work interrogates race, representation, and data, engaging critical data studies and issues of inclusivity within expert cultures of work and collaboration.

Selected Publications:
  1. Cifor, M., Garcia, P., Cowan, T. L., Rault, J., Sutherland, T., Chan, A., Rode, J., Hoffmann, A. L., Salehi, N., & Nakamura, L. (2019). Feminist data manifest-no.
  2. Sutherland, T. (2017). Making a killing: On race, ritual, and (re)membering in digital culture. Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture, 46(1), 32–40.
  3. Sutherland, T. (2017). Archival amnesty: In search of black American transitional and restorative justice. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies, 1(2).
  4. Sutherland, T. (2016). From (archival) page to (virtual) stage: The virtual vaudeville prototype. The American Archivist, 79(2), 392–416.