Kimberly Christen

Kim Christen

Professor and Director, Digital Technology and Culture Program,
Director, Center for Digital Scholarship and Curation,
Director of Digital Initiatives, College of Arts and Sciences,
Washington State University


Kimberly is a Professor in and the Director of the Digital Technology and Culture Program, and Director of Digital Initiative for the College of Arts and Sciences at Washington State University. Her research focuses on the intersections of cultural heritage and digital technologies with particular attention to Indigenous knowledge.

Kimberly's book, Aboriginal Business: Alliances in a Remote Australian Town explores the complexities of Aboriginal modernities as they relate to a range of "business" ventures—including technological collaborations specifically involving the Warumungu community. She has worked with Indigenous communities in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Her academic research grows from this work and focuses on the intersection of digital technologies, intellectual property rights, archival process and cultural heritage movements within indigenous communities and the global commons. Dr. Christen created Mukurtu CMS: an open source digital archive and content management tool specifically designed to meet the needs of indigenous communities as they manage and share their digital cultural heritage and is co-founder of the Local Contexts initiative with Dr. Jane Anderson. More of Dr. Christen’s work, including publications and projects, can be found at her website and you can follow her on twitter @Mukurtu.