Sumayya Ahmed is an Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons University. Prior to joining Simmons, she was a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in the Program of Library and Information Studies at University College London-Qatar. She earned her doctorate from the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in May 2016. While at SILS she held the Educating Librarians in the Middle East for the 21st Century (ELIME-21) Fellowship from 2011- 2015.
Sumayya’s current research interest is archives and cultural heritage in the Maghrib and Arabian (Persian) Gulf region, and the place of community archives and oral histories in complementing available documentary records. She is also interested in the social and cultural issues involved in the (digital) preservation of Arabic, Amazigh (Berber) and Islamic manuscripts and archival records. Specifically, she is interested in those held in private family collections, and in how (post)colonialism, authoritarianism and ideas about access to information shape public access to, use, and preservation of manuscripts and archival records.
As a research aside, Sumayya is also interested in contemporary and pre-modern reading and readership in the Arabic speaking world.