Alexandra Chassanoff is currently a Research Program Officer at Educopia Institute and a Research Affiliate at the Program on Information Science at the MIT Libraries. She received her PhD in 2016 from the School of Information & Library Science at UNC Chapel Hill.
Alex is an archival studies scholar working in the areas of digital curation and digital preservation. She conducts research on the use and users of born-digital cultural heritage materials, ranging from legacy software to archival web collections. Working at the intersection of archival science, digital humanities, digital preservation, and information science, her research asks: what do different communities of practice value about their interactions with born-digital content? What epistemological shifts in practices (or “ways of knowing”) are consequential for digital research environments?
For the past ten years, she has worked in embedded settings with library technologists, practitioners, and faculty on the design and development of digital research infrastructure. These grant-funded, applied research initiatives have included the following:
- OSSArcFlow, Educopia Institute, 2018-present
- Software Curation Postdoctoral Scholar, MIT Libraries, 2016-2018
- BitCurator and BitCurator Access, UNC SILS, 2011-2016
- Policy-Driven Repository Interoperability, RENCI, 2009-2011
- Carolina Digital Curation Fellow, Carolina Digital Libraries, 2008-2009
Alex currently resides in Durham, North Carolina.