• Education

    Department of Information Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | 2016 - Present

    Doctoral Student

    The School of Information, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA | 2016

    Master of Information and Management Systems

    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL | 2008

    Bachelors in Fine Arts

    Concentration: Animation and Printmaking

    Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL | 2010

    Course: American Sign Language

    Folkuniversitetet, Stockholm, Sweden | 2009

    Certificate in Intermediate (B1) Swedish

  • Work & Professional Experience

    Center for the Study of Women, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | 2016 - Present

    Graduate Student Researcher

    Project: Chemical Entanglements Symposium & Research

    Department of Information Studies, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | 2016 - Present

    Graduate Student Researcher for Michelle Caswell

    Projects: Assessing the Use of Community Archives in Southern California, Diversifying the Digital Historical Record: Forum One

    Information Studies 2017-18 Colloquia Series, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA | 2017 - Present


    Design, outreach, and organize year long speaker series, hosting over 15 scholars, activists, artists, and practitioners primarily focusing on intersectional and social justice issues; design all promotional materials

    And Also Too, Toronto, ON | 2015 - 2016

    Project Manager, Designer & Programmer

    Projects: The Vision Archive, It's a Matter of Time: Systemic Review of Secure Isolation in Ontario Youth Justice Facilities

    Dept. of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management &
    The Essig Museum of Entomology, UC Berkeley, Berkeley CA | 2014 - 2016

    Graduate Student Researcher

    Projects: Managing the Digitization of biological specimens from Berkeley Natural History Museums and Berkeley associated field stations, Redesigning the CalBug digital collection interface

    The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL | 2011 - 2014

    Research Assistant for Dr. Corrie Moreau & Dr. Rüdiger Bieler

    Projects: The digitization and curation of the Robert E. Gregg Ant Collection, Digital imaging for the Bivalve Tree-of-Life (BivAToL) Project

    Oregon State Arthropod Collection, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR | 2010 - 2011

    Research Assistant

    Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC | 2010
    Special Assignment through Oregon State University

    Digitization Specialist

    Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet, Stockholm, Sweden | 2009

    Research Assistant

    The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL | 2009

    Guest Lecturer

    Course: The Insect World

  • Publications

    Brilmyer, Gracen. “Archival Assemblages: Applying Disability Studies’ Political/Relational Model to Archival Description.” Archival Science, April 2, 2018, 1–24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10502-018-9287-6.

    Caswell, Michelle, Joyce Gabiola, Jimmy Zavala, Gracen Brilmyer, and Marika Cifor. “Imagining Transformative Spaces: The Personal–political Sites of Community Archives.” Archival Science, January 30, 2018, 1–21. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10502-018-9286-7.

    Michelle Caswell with graphic design by: Brilmyer, Gracen.“Teaching to Dismantle White Supremacy in Archives.” The Library Quarterly 87, no. 3 (June 8, 2017): 222–35. https://doi.org/10.1086/692299.
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    | Download Indivudual Printable Pages (with assembly instructions) |

    Brilmyer, Gracen and Alexandra M. Apolloni. “Creating Accessible Campuses Through Fragrance-Free Policies.” 2017, no. 24 (May 1, 2017). https://escholarship.org/uc/item/32z6p6cj.

    Brilmyer, Gracen. “CalBug and Its Search Interface Redesign.” In The Discipline of Organizing, by Robert J. Glushko, 589–93, 3rd ed. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2015.

    Bergsten, Johannes, Gracen Brilmyer, Alex Crampton-Platt, and Anders Nilsson. “Sympatry and Colour Variation Disguised Well-Differentiated Sister Species: Suphrodytes Revised with Integrative Taxonomy Including 5 Kbp of Housekeeping Genes (Coleoptera: Dytiscidae) (PDF Download Available).” DNA Barcodes 1 (November 2012): 1–18. doi:10.2478/dna-2012-0001.

    Gonzáles, Jorge, James H. Boone, Gracen Brilmyer, and Daniel Lee. “Computerization of the Field Museum of Natural History Giant Butterfly Moth Collection (Castniidae).” News of the Lepidopterists’ Society 38, no. 2 (2010): 72–73.

    ———. “The Giant Butterfly-moths of the Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, with notes on the Herman Strecker collection.” SHILAP Revista de Lepidopterología 38, no. 152 (2010): 385–409.

    Boone, James H., Gracen Brilmyer, and Michael Kippenhan. “Computerization of the Field Museum of Natural History Tiger Beetle Collection.” Cicindela 40, no. 4 (2008): 69–70.

  • Conferences & Invited Seminars

    Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN), Prato, Italy, Imagined Others: The shifting boundaries of “community” in community archives , October 24-28, 2018

    The Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI), Tuscaloosa, AL, Towards Sickness: Embracing the impossible in archival practice, July 9-13, 2018

    The Archival Education and Research Initiative (AERI), Toronto, ON, A Political/Relational Archival Approach: Applying Disability Studies’ Political/Relational to Archival Studies, July 10-14 2017

    Allied Media Conference, Toronto, ON, The Vision Archive: Picturing the World We Want to Live In, June 15-18 2017

    Media Justice: Race, borders, disability and data, International Communications Association (ICA) Preconference, San Diego, CA, Problematizing Notions of Accessibility in the Digital Archive, May 25 2017

    Disability as Spectacle, Los Angeles, CA, Preservation: Chemical Consumption in Natural History, April 13-14 2017

    Feminist Translations / Queer Mobilities Symposium, Berkeley, CA, Queering the Digital Archive: Accessibility of Information, December 2014

    International Union for the Study of Social Insects, Cairns, Australia, The Impact of Climatic Changes on Ant Distributions, July 2014

    Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI - Fluid-preserved Invertebrate Imaging Workshop, Conceptualizing and Implementing Large Scale Collection Digitization, September 2013

    Integrated Digitized Biocollections (iDigBio), Chicago, IL - Digitizing Dried Insects Digitization Workshop, Leica High-Resolution Imaging System Demo, April 2013

  • Awards

    Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM) Award, UCLA | 2018

    For community-based research that critically examines the impact of misreprenstation in mainstream archives for disabled people. This project, building off of other similar archival research, investigates if disabled people feel the same or similar symbolic annihilation that other marginalized identities do through their mis/representation or absence in archival material.

    Graduate Summer Research Mentorship (GSRM) Award, UCLA | 2017

    For archival research at The Field Museum of Natural History to explore traces of disability in natural history as well construction of narratives around cultural and biological difference.

    The Center for Technology, Society & Policy Fellowship, UC Berkeley | 2015

    For collaboration with design studio And Also Too in the development of a digital archive of social justice-themed graphics available for use and modification by community organizers, designers, and artists

    School of Information Non-Profit Internship Grant, UC Berkeley | 2015

    For collaboration with design studio And Also Too in designing the Systemic Review of Secure Isolation in Ontario Youth Justice Facilities

  • Volunteer Experience

    Chemical Entanglements Working Group, UCLA | 2016 - Present


    Disability and Sexuality Studies Working Group, UC Berkeley | 2014 - 2016

    Founder, Co-Organizer

    Information Management Student Association, UC Berkeley | 2014 - 2016

    Social Justice Chair

    Oakland Public Library, Oakland, CA | 2014 - 2016

    Computer Docent

    Disability Incarcerated: A Symposium, UC Berkeley | 2015


    Women in Science, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL | 2012-2014

    Steering Committee Member, Internship Program Coordinator