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Maher shooting her documentary Veiled Voices.

Brigid Maher

Associate Professor
School of Communication

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Program Director, Digital Media Skills Graduate Certificate
    Associate Division Director, Film and Media Arts Division
  • Brigid Maher is a tenured, associate professor of Film and Media Arts. She is a filmmaker and writer who additionally heads the Emerging Media concentration in SOC’s Film and Media Arts Division. Her scholarly writing focuses on the interplay between traditional film and new media theories. Her award-winning narrative and documentary films have shown in festivals in the U.S. and abroad.

    Her latest documentary, The Mama Sherpas, is a feature which follows nurse-midwives, the doctors they work with, and their patients, over the course of two years. The documentary will provide an intimate glimpse into what midwives can bring into the birthing process in the hospital system. Her previous film, Veiled Voices, focuses on the phenomenon of Muslim women religious leaders in Islam. Veiled Voices is distributed by Typecast Releasing in the United States and has screened on over 150 public television stations and three national networks. Al Jazeera Network recently acquired the film for broadcast in the Middle East and North Africa. The film has additional international distribution through TVF International and has screened in numerous international festivals in the United States and abroad.

    Maher won a Fulbright Senior Award to teach broadcast media in Lebanon in the spring of 2005. She teaches digital media and editing courses for SOC.

  • Degrees

    BA Philosophy/International Affairs, Minor in Cinema Studies, The Colorado College; MFA Radio/Television/Film Department, Northwestern University
  • Book Currently Reading:

    The Marketplace of Attention

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  • Spring 2015

  • Summer 2015

    • COMM-535 Special Topics in News Media: New Media Practices/Techniques
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


VEILED VOICES. Producer and Director. HD. The feature-length documentary investigates the role of Muslim women leaders in contemporary Islam.