Polly Thistlethwaite

CUNY Graduate Center Chief Librarian

Polly has been a librarian at the Graduate Center since 2002. Interests include radical archiving, documentary theatre, and applying research to improve common good.

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Academic Interests
  • Chief LibrarianLibraryCUNY Graduate Center
  • Co-PIJustPublics@365CUNY Graduate Center

Polly Thistlethwaite is Chief Librarian at the CUNY Graduate
Center and Co-PI of the JustPublics@365 Project. As Chief Librarian, Polly
works with students, faculty, program administrators, and other partners,
specifically NYPL, CUNY, and the IDS resource sharing group, to expand access
to sources that support the Graduate Center’s unruly, innovative, and cross-disciplinary
inquiry and academic production. As Co-PI of the JustPublics@365 Project, Polly
teams with non-library academics and media specialists, to train
academics to produce work for academic audiences, and also for wider
non-academic audiences. Polly has long been allied with social movements and
radical archives that produce change impossible to replicate in academic environments.