Kari L. Quiballo

PhD Candidate
Graduate Teaching Assistant
Graduate Research Assistant

Kari L. Quiballo is currently a Doctoral Candidate and LIbrary Information Associate in Access and Information Services at UA's Main Library. She has recently completed a Research Assistantship at the Native Nations Institute (NNI) working on the US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (USIDSN). She was also a Graduate Teaching Assistant on the Many Nations of Native America teaching team (2017) in the American Indian Studies Department of the University of Arizona (UofA). Ms. Quiballo graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (IDS) from the UofA. Her IDS degree concentrations were in Art History, Religious Studies, and Philosophy. Ms. Quiballo's master's degree is from the School of Information Resources and Library Science (SIRLS), with a concentration in photographic and film archiving. She is a Knowledge River Scholar (KR) cohort 11. KR is a singular scholarship program at the UofA that focuses on information issues that effect Indigenous Americans. While a KR scholar her research focused on the commodification of information and the resulting privatization and commercialization in information institutions. Concentrating on the control non-Native run institutions have over Indigenous cultural information and identity. Ms. Quiballo looked at the othering and identity creation of Indigenous people that arises from inhospitable professional care and exile of the Indigenous voice in terms of their material culture and information objects in archives and the archival profession. Specifically, Ms. Quiballo focused on how these issues effect sovereignty in reference to Indigenous people as producers of information and cultural responsive care and repatriation of archival materials. Currently, Ms. Quiballo is researching the application of Ownership, Control, Access, and Possession (OCAP) principles in First Nations Health Care research to online photographic and film archives of American Indians, specialized digital archival tools for Indigenous communities, and the protection of intellectual property rights of American Indians in the twenty-first century.