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Patricia Aufderheide

University Professor
School of Communication

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Co-Director, Center for Social Media
    Affiliate Professor, School of International Service
    Affiliate Professor, History Department
  • Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor of Communication Studies in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C., and director of the Center for Media and Social Impact. Her books include Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (University of Chicago), with Peter Jaszi; Documentary: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford), The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press), and Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press). She co-coordinates the Fair Use and Free Speech project at the Center with Prof. Peter Jaszi of the Washington College of Law. She has been a Fulbright and John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival. Aufderheide has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including a research award from the International Communication Association in 2011, Woman of Vision award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010, a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association and the Scholarship and Preservation Award in 2006 from the International Documentary Association.
  • Degrees

    BA History (summa cum laude), University of Minnesota; MA History, University of Minnesota; PhD History, University of Minnesota
  • Languages Spoken:

    Portuguese, Spanish

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