Melissa Chomintra

University Title:
Assistant Professor
Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education Library
Stewart Center

Professional Information

Liaison Areas:
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Data Services
Digital Humanities
Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Critical Disability Studies
Courses Taught:
ILS 595: GIS Research Methods
ILS 230: Data Science & Society: Ethical, Legal, Social Issues
ILS 395/WGSS 281: Feminist Inquiry and Research Methods
Research Areas:
Intersectional feminism; critical race theory; critical cartography; feminist geography; feminist information literacy
Master of Arts, Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Master of Library and Information Science, Kent State University
Professional Experience:
Scholarly Engagement Librarian for the Social Sciences and Geospatial Data, Tulane University
Honors and Awards:
Teaching for Tomorrow Fellowship 2023
Memberships and Service:
National Women's Studies Association (NWSA) American Library Association (ALA) American College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Research Data Access and Preservation Association (RDAP)


Published Book Chapters

Chomintra, M. (2023). Oppressive Authority: Dismantling, Reexamining, and Reconstructing Notions of Authority in Information Literacy Instruction. In M. N. Mallon, J. Nichols, E. Foster, A. Santiago, M. Seale & R. Brown (Eds.), Exploring Inclusive & Equitable Pedagogies: Creating Space for All Learners, Volume 1. (pp. 103-120). ACRL.

Published Articles

Chomintra, M. (2024). Critical race digital literacy rubric for assessing mis/disinformation literacy instruction lesson plans. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 50(3).

Chomintra, M. (2023). Assessing the use of critical literacies in mis/disinformation literacy instruction. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 49(5). (DOI:10.1016/j.acalib.2023.102762) Available at:

Chomintra, M. (2023). "bell hooks Feminist Pedagogy in the Library Classroom," Feminist Pedagogy: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 6. Available at:

Chomintra, M. (2022). Reflecting on Critical DEI Practices in Spatial Collection Development, Metadata, and Instruction. Journal of Map and Geography Libraries. (DOI:10.1080/15420353.2022.2128971)

Published Book Review

Chomintra, M. (2021). Caroline Criado Perez. Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men. New York, NY: Abrams Press, 2019. 411p. Paper, $27.00 (ISBN 978-1-4197-2907-2). LC 2018-59561.. College & Research Libraries, 82(3), 456. doi:


Chomintra, M, et al. "How we think Panel Discussion Spring 2024". Aaronson Lecture Series. John Martinson Honors College. Purdue University 28 Feb. 2024.

Chomintra, M. & Howard, H. (2024, January 3-6). Research-Based Online Pedagogy: Feminist Inquiry and Research Methods as an Asynchronous Online Course. 2024 Hawaii International Conference on Education, Waikoloa, Hawaii, United States.

Chomintra, M. & Cleary, K. (2023, November 26–29). Information literacy and research as feminist praxis in the undergraduate classroom. NWSA 2023 Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD, United States.

Chomintra, M. (2023, May 17-19). Using CRT as a Framework for Teaching Mis/Dis Information. Critical Pedagogy Symposium 2023, Virtual, NYPL METRO’s Reference and Instruction Interest Group.

Chomintra, M., Comeforo, K., Cutts, Q., Matacin, M., Opdycke, K., Pizer, B. (2023, March 2–5). Honoring the legacy of bell hooks' transformative pedagogy as feminist praxis. AWP Annual Conference 2023, Atlanta, GA, United States.

Chomintra, M. (2023). Reclaiming Data: the Power of Data Feminism. [Invited Talk]. Tulane University Libraries.

Chomintra, M (2023, February 9–11). The Student Research Paper as a Site of Resistance: Using Feminist Pedagogy to Dismantle Systemic Knowledge Politics. AAC&U 2023 General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment Conference, New Orleans, LA, United States.

Alvarez, B., Chomintra, M., Raub, C., Tucker, C.E. (2022, November 10–13). Reproductive Health at the Reference Desk: Connecting Library Users to Information Through Activism and Advocacy. NWSA 2022 Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN, United States.

Chomintra, M. (2021). Identifying Subordinate Power Dynamics within Information Literacy Instruction. [Poster Presentation]. The Librarian’s Association of the University of California, Berkeley.

Chomintra, M. (2021). Conducting Feminist Centered Socially Just Information Literacy Instruction. [Conference Presentation]. New Orleans Information Literacy Instruction Collective, August 2-5, 2021, New Orleans, LA.

Chomintra, M. (2020). Utilizing ArcGIS Story Maps for more Impactful Service Learning. [Invited Talk]. Tulane University Center for Public Service Faculty Series.

Chomintra, M., Kearney, C., & Knowlton, S. (2019). Making Sense of Ones and Zeroes: mapping out digital and data services step by step. [Conference Presentation]. Louisiana Academic Library Conference