Dr. Tonia Sutherland is assistant professor in the College of Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama. 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 21st century digital cultures of racialized violence, critically examining issues of race, ritual, and embodiment in digital spaces. Sutherland’s current research focuses on national infrastructures, engaging critical data studies, community and cultural heritage informatics, issues of inclusivity, and expert cultures of work and collaboration.
Sutherland is a member of the Center for Race and Digital Studies, the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S), and the Association for Library and Information Science Education. Her work appears in The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies; The American Archivist; Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture; The Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics; and Radical History Review.