Ruohua Han

Assistant Professor, Library and Information Science

What I do

I am a faculty member in the Library and Information Science program. I teach Organization of Information, Introduction to Archives, and Digital Preservation. My research is focused on personal archives and archiving as well as the representation of marginalized communities in archival collections and institutions.

Professional Biography

My background is mostly in archives, memory studies, and information behavior and practices. For my research, I use human-centric, qualitative methods to explore the diverse ways that people engage with personal archiving in their everyday lives and how cultural institutions can equitably represent and preserve the material traces of individual and familial life experiences. Some of my recent work examines: (1) How Chinese parents and children interact with personal archives in contexts of providing or receiving parental guidance; (2) How Chinese university students enrolled at the University of Illinois and the University of Denver in the early 20th century are documented and described in university archival collections.


  • Ph.D., Library and Information Science, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, 2023
  • MS, Archival Science, Renmin University of China, 2015
  • BS, Archival Science, Renmin University of China, 2013

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of American Archivists
  • Association for Information Science and Technology


Han, Y., Han, R., & Wickett, K. M. (2023). Metadata that Excludes: A Case Study of the Rock Springs Massacre in Digital Collections. 19th International Conference on Digital Preservation (iPRES 2023). Champaign, IL: University of Illinois Urbana Champaign.


  • Best Paper Reviewer Award, Association for Information Science & Technology