Research

Monograph:

  •  Caswell, Michelle. Archiving the Unspeakable: Silence, Memory, and the Photographic Record in Cambodia. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2014. 

Editorial Work:

  •  Jamila Ghaddar and Michelle Caswell, Guest Editors, Special Issue, “Towards a Decolonial Archives,” Archival Science, expected Spring 2019, in process.
  • Caswell, Michelle; Ricardo Punzalan; and T-Kay Sangwand, Guest Editors, Special Issue, “Critical Archival Studies,” Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1:2 (2017), http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis/index.
  • Caswell, Michelle. Guest Editor, Special Double Issue “Archives and Human Rights,” Archival Science 14:3-4 (2014).
  • Caswell, Michelle and Andrew J. Lau, Co-Guest Editors, Special Section on Archival Education and Human Rights, InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 8:2 (2012).

Select Articles:

  

  • Cifor, Marika; Caswell, Michelle; Alda Allina Migoni; and Noah Geraci, “’What We Do Crosses Over to Activism’: The Politics and Practice of Community Archives.” The Public Historian 40(2) (May 2018): 69-95.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Envisioning a Critical Archival Pedagogy.” The Politics of Theory and the Practice of Critical Librarianship. Sacramento: Litwin Books, 2018: 159-166. 
  • Caswell, Michelle, Joyce Gabiola, Gracen Brilmyer, Jimmy Zavala and  Marika Cifor, “Imagining Transformative Spaces: The Personal-Political Sites of Community Archives,” Archival Science 18(1), 2018.
  • Joyce Gabiola and Michelle Caswell, “’Are You A Spy?’: The Methodological Challenges of Studying Community Archives,” Proceedings of the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting Research Forum, Portland, OR, July 25, 2017. Peer-reviewed paper track. https://www2.archivists.org/sites/all/files/2017_SAAproceedings_GabiolaCaswell_revised.pdf
  • Zavala, Jimmy; Alda Allina Migoni, Marika Cifor, Noah Geraci, and Michelle Caswell.““A Process Where We're All at the Table”: Community Archives Challenging Dominant Modes of Archival Practice.” Archives and Manuscripts 2017: 1-14.
  • Caswell, Michelle (with graphic design by Gracen Brilmyer). “Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in the Archives Classroom.” Library Quarterly 87(3) (2017), special issue “Aftermath: Libraries and the U.S. Election”: 222-235. 
  • Caswell, Michelle; Alda Allina Migoni; Noah Geraci; and Marika Cifor, “’To Be Able to Imagine Otherwise’: Community Archives and the Importance of Representation.” Archives and Records 38(1) (2016) (special issue on public history): 1-20.
  • Lorraine Dong, Joel Blanco Rivera, Michelle Caswell, Joanna Steele, “Examinations of Injustice: Methods for Studying Archives in a Human Rights Context,” book chapter in Research in the Archival Multiverse. Anne Gilliland, Sue McKemmish, Andrew J Lau, Eds. Melbourne: Monash University Press, 2016.
  • Caswell, Michelle, Marika Cifor, and Mario H. Ramirez. “’To Suddenly Discover Yourself Existing’: Uncovering the Affective Impact of Community Archives.” The American Archivist 79 (Spring/ Summer 2016): 56-81. Winner, Fellows Ernst Posner Award, Society of American Archivists.
  • Caswell, Michelle and Marika Cifor. “From Human Rights to Feminist Ethics: Radical Empathy in Archives.” Archivaria 81 (Spring 2016): 23-43.
  • Caswell, Michelle and Ricky Punzalan. “Archives and Human Rights: Questioning Notions of Information and Access.” In Perspectives on Libraries as Institutions of Human Rights and Social Justice (Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Insight Advances in Librarianship Series, 2016), 287-301.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “’The Archive’ Is Not an Archives: On Acknowledging the Intellectual Contributions of Archival Studies.” Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture 16:1 (2016) (special issue “Archives on Fire”), https://escholarship.org/uc/item/7bn4v1fk.
  • Gilliland, Anne and Michelle Caswell. “Records and Their Imaginaries: Imagining the Impossible, Making Possible the Imagined.” Archival Science 16(1) (2016): 53-75. Honorable Mention, 2016 Library Juice Paper Competition.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “The Future of the Painful Past: The Materiality of the Digital in the South Asian American Digital Archive.” In Excavating Memory: Material Culture Approaches to Sites of Remembering and Forgetting. (Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida, 2016)
  • Geraci, Noah and Michelle Caswell. “Developing a Typology of Human Rights Records.” Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies 3: Article 1 (2016), http://elischolar.library.yale.edu/jcas/vol3/iss1/1/
  • Punzalan, Ricardo and Michelle Caswell. “Critical Directions for Archival Approaches to Social Justice.” Library Quarterly 86 (1) (2016): 25-42.
  • Caswell, Michelle and Anne Gilliland. “False Promise and New Hope: Dead Perpetrators, Imagined Documents, and Emergent Archival Evidence.” International Journal of Human Rights 19(5) 2015: 615-627.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Documenting South Asian American Struggles Against Racism: Community Archives In a Post-9/11 World.” In Cultural Memories of Nonviolent Struggles: Powerful Times. Anna Reading and Tamar Katriel, Eds. London: Palgrave, 2015. 
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Seeing Yourself in History: Community Archives in the Fight Against Symbolic Annihilation.” The Public Historian 36(4) November 2014: 26-37. 
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Community-Centered Collecting: Finding Out What Communities Want from Community Archives.” Proceedings of the 77th ASIS&T Annual Meeting, volume 51, October 31-November 4, 2014. 
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Toward a Survivor-Centered Approach to Human Rights Archives: Lessons from Community-Based Archives.” Archival Science 14: 3-4 (2014): 307-322. Special Double Issue on Human Rights Archives. 
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Inventing New Archival Imaginaries: Theoretical Foundations for Identity-Based Community Archives.” In Identity Palimpsests: Ethnic Archiving in the U.S. and Canada. Sacramento, CA: Litwin Books, 2014, 35-55. Winner, 2014 Library Juice Paper Competition.
  • Caswell, Michelle and Samip Mallick. “Collecting the Easily Missed Stories: Digital Participatory Microhistory and the South Asian American Digital Archive.” Archives and Manuscripts 42:1 (2014): 73-86. Reprinted in Participatory Archives in a World of Ubiquitous Media. London: Routledge, 2015.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “On Pluralism: What Religious Pluralism Can Teach Us About Archival Studies.” Archival Science 13 (2013): 273-92.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Rethinking Inalienability: Trusting Nongovernmental Archives in Transitional Societies.” American Archivist 76(1) (2013): 113-134.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Using Classification to Convict the Khmer Rouge,” Journal of Documentation 68(2) (2012): 162-184. 
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Classifying Khmer Rouge Genocide: Archival Description, Ethnic Identity, and Accountability,” Archives without Borders: Archiefkunde 12 (2012), 223-235. 
  • Michelle Caswell, Giso Broman, Jennifer Kirmer, Laura Martin, Nathan Sowry. “Implementing a Social Justice Framework in an Introduction to Archives Course: Lessons from Both Sides of the Classroom,” InterActions: UCLA Journal of Education and Information Studies 8:2 (2012).
  • Caswell, Michelle. “‘Thank You Very Much, Now Give Them Back’: Cultural Property and the Fight Over the Iraqi Baath Party Records,” American Archivist 74 (Spring/Summer 2011): 211-240.
  • Pluralizing the Archival Curriculum Group, Archival Education and Research Institute, “Educating for the Archival Multiverse,” American Archivist 74 (Spring/Summer 2011): 69-101.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Hannah Arendt’s World: Bureaucracy, Documentation and Banal Evil,” Archivaria 70: (Fall 2010): 1-25.
  • Caswell, Michelle. “Khmer Rouge Archives: Accountability, Truth, and Memory in Cambodia,” Archival Science 10: 1-2 (2010): 25-44.