Professor Patricia Aufderheide

University Professor, School of Communication, American University and Fulbright Scholar 2017

Patricia Aufderheide is a 2017 Fulbright Scholar at Queensland University of Technology, and  University Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. The founder of the Center for Media & Social Impact, she is the co-author with Peter Jaszi of Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago Press, July 2011), and author of, among others, Documentary: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford, 2007). She has previously been a John Simon Guggenheim fellow, has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival and has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association, the Woman of Vision Award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010, and the Documentary award from the University Film and Video Association in 2015. Aufderheide serves on the board of directors of the Independent Television Service, which produces innovative television programming for underserved audiences. She served on the board of directors of Kartemquin Films, a leading independent social documentary production company, and on the film advisory board of the National Gallery of Art. She is on the editorial board of a variety of publications, including Communication Law and Policy and In These Times newspaper. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.