Ricky Punzalan
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan. Focus on Reparative Approaches to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan

Dr. Ricardo L. Punzalan

Dr. Ricardo L. Punzalan (he/him) is an associate professor at the School of Information and director of the Museum Studies Program at the University of Michigan. A scholar of archives and digital curation, he recently has been inducted as a Fellow of the Society of American Archivists. He studies community access and use of anthropological data in archives, as well as the digitization of ethnographic records held in libraries, archives, and museums. His research has established and shaped practices of virtual reunification and digital repatriation of cultural heritage collections. To do this work, he designs and carries out community-based, participatory research projects, which incorporate the perspectives of cultural heritage stakeholders beyond academic researchers. His scholarship has brought to the fore the critical challenges faced by underserved and Indigenous communities and has created dialogs between communities and cultural institutions. He co-directs “ReConnect/ReCollect: Reparative Connections to Philippine Collections at the University of Michigan,” a project that develops the framework for, and the practice of, reparative work for Philippine collections acquired by the university during the US colonial period. He is currently co-chair of the Archival Repatriation Committee of the Society of American Archivists and on the Board of Trustees of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center.