Michelle Caswell is an Associate Professor of Archival Studies in the Department of Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she is also an affiliated faculty member with the Department of Asian American Studies. As her  Google Scholar Profile indicates, her research on archives, memory, public history, and social justice has been widely cited in a range of fields.

She is the Director of UCLA's Community Archives Lab and the co-founder of the South Asian American Digital Archive.  In 2017, she co-edited a special issue of The Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies on Critical Archival Studies. She is also the lead organizer of the Archivists Against Collective.

Her book, Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia, was published by the University of Wisconsin Press as part of their Critical Human Rights series in 2014.  The book won the 2015 Waldo Gifford Leland for Best Publication from the Society of American Archivists.