Vamanu, Iulian

Assistant Professor

School of Library and Information Science
3068 Main Library
The University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA 52242-1420

Iulian completed his PhD in Communication, Information, and Library Studies at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. His research interests include cultural heritage (e.g., Indigenous curatorial practices, Mexican-American folk dances, literary heritage tourism, cultural translation); reading practices in various contexts (e.g., religion, Information Ethics education, leisure); and the rhetoric and discourse research of information disorders (e.g., fake news and propaganda, misleading information visualizations).


Vamanu, I. (2021). Cultivating imagination: A case for teaching Information Ethics with works of fiction. The Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 62(4).

Vamanu, I. (2020). Indigenous museum curatorship in the United States and Canada: Roles and responsibilities. Libri, 70(1), 65-79.

Vamanu, I. (2019). Fake news and propaganda: A Critical Discourse Research perspective. Open Information Science, 3(1), 197-208.

Vamanu, I. (2018). Imagining places: The roles of the place trope in the discursive constructions of Indigenous knowledge. Poroi, 14(1), Article 4.

Vamanu, I. (2016). New mediations of Native cultural heritage: The case of the TimeTravellerTM machinima project (pp. 228-244). Annual Review of Cultural Heritage Informatics 2015/2016.

Vamanu, I., & Guzik, E. (2015). “Closer to God:” Meanings of reading in recent conversion narratives within Christianity and Islam. Journal of Religious & Theological Information, 14(3/4), 63-78.

Areas of Interest: 
Knowledge organization, cultural heritage informatics, information behavior, information ethics.
Research and Grants: 

Professor Vamanu is currently working on a few projects: the construction of cultural heritage as a research object in the scholarship across disciplines; the roles and responsibilities of Indigenous curators in North American context; information practices in various cultural heritage contexts; the role of fiction reading in the education of information professionals; ethical challenges related to the use of big data; research literacy practices for critical information consumers in a regime of post-truth climate.