University Libraries celebrates Milton Machuca-Gálvez, Visiting Scholar and Humanities Librarian, for being selected as one of the 15 Rare Book School-Mellon Cultural Heritage Fellows. 

The Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship for Diversity, Inclusion & Cultural Heritage is a three-year program that aims to advance multicultural collections through innovative and inclusive curatorial practice and leadership. Fostering new models for diverse and inclusive cultural heritage programming, this fellowship seeks to advance multicultural collections through innovative curatorial practice and leadership. 

“When I started my MLIS degree, I knew I was embarking in the logical continuation of my academic career. My determination to effect this change has been supported by timely scholarships,” said Machuca-Gálvez.“Getting the RBS-Mellon is the brightest achievement in my journey. I am so honored.”

Milton joined the University Libraries and Learning Sciences (ULLS) as part of The University of New Mexico’s Inclusive Excellence and Visiting Scholars Program on July 1. In his position, he acts as a liaison and instructional help for subject areas such as, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Spanish and Portuguese, History, Foreign Languages and Literatures, and Anthropology. 

The fellows selected from across the country work closely with a broad spectrum of multicultural collections and communities. 

“We are honored to have the college represented by Milton. In his short time here, he has had a positive impact and we are excited to see the new ideas he will bring to the college,” said Leo Lo, dean of the College of the University Libraries and Learning Sciences. 

Milton was born in El Salvador. In the 1980s, upon finishing his Licenciatura in Psychology, he moved to Panama and lived there for the next 8 years. In the early 1990s, he moved to the United States. He received his Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Temple University, Philadelphia in 2004. In 2018, he pivoted his interdisciplinary academic career to Library Science. He graduated from Rutgers University in 2020. 

He has taught at Moore College of Art and Design, Pitzer College, Rutgers University, Temple University, and Swarthmore College.