Janet Ceja is an assistant professor, teaching and researching in the area of archival studies. Before joining the faculty at Simmons College she taught at the University of Arizona’s School of Information.
Janet received a BA in film studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an MA in film and media preservation from the University of Rochester; she is also a graduate of the L. Jeffrey Selznick School of Film Preservation at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. She completed her Ph.D. in library and information science at the University of Pittsburgh, where she was a member of the American Library Association’s first cohort of Spectrum Doctoral Fellows. Before entering the doctoral program, she worked as a moving image archivist in Los Angeles, California, where she is from originally.
Janet Ceja's Curriculum Vitae
Janet is an inclusive pedagogue and she believes in the power of critical archival praxis. She fosters these pedagogical values by promoting active learning through dialogical, experiential, reflective, and collaborative strategies. One of her research interests is archival pedagogy, and she enjoys working creatively with and learning from her students. She also researches in the fields of moving image preservation and cultural archives, specifically Latino and Indigenous cultural communities. Her most recent work examines how amateur videos interplay with community identity, memory, and acts of devotional labor to preserve a religious fiesta in rural Mexico.