"I do ancestor work." - Christina Vortia
Christina Vortia is the Chief Librarian at Howard University's Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, the world's leading repository on the global black experience, and the African and African American Subject Liaison at Founders Library. Christina is an educator, librarian, blogger, and book reviewer with a commitment to Black diasporan literary traditions and book culture. She has served on the 2020/2021 LA Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature, 2019/2020 Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, 2017 Michael L. Printz Award Committee, and the 2017 Florida Author's and Publisher's Association Book Awards Committee. She recently served as Chair of the 2023 Newbery Committee. Christina is a book reviewer of children's and young adult literature at Kirkus and Black Cotton Reviewers. She also blogs at HypeLit.com. She has been a contributor to the popular literary website Book Riot.
Christina has worked in public, academic and federal libraries using statistical analysis to gauge community needs to plan programs, facilitate community partnerships, write and contribute to winning grants.
Christina received her Master of Science degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Montclair State University. She is a proud golden crimson tiger of Tuskegee University.