His article “Fields of Vision,” which he coauthored with Prof. Paul Conway in 2011, received the 2012 Hugh A. Taylor Prize from the Association of Canadian Archivists. The prize is awarded annually to recognize the most significant article published in Archivaria, the premier Canadian archival journal. The award is given for presenting “new ideas or refreshing syntheses in the most imaginative way, especially by exploring the implications of concepts or trends from other disciplines for archival thinking and activity, and by extending the boundaries of archival theory in new directions.
Most recently, he received a Research in Early Career Development grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS). The grant will support Punzalan’s work to develop assessment toolkits to evaluate the access and use of digitized ethnographic archives by Native American and other users.