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Maher at the L.A. premiere of The Mama Sherpas.

Brigid Maher

Associate Professor
School of Communication

  • Additional Positions at AU

    Co-Director, Center for Media and Social Impact
    Associate Division Director, Film and Media Arts Division
  • Brigid Maher is a tenured, associate professor of Film and Media Arts. She is Co-Director of the Center for Media and Social Impact and Associate Division Director of the Film and Media Arts Division at American University. Her latest documentary,The Mama Sherpas, follows nurse-midwives, the doctors they work with, and their patients, over the course of two years. The documentary provides an intimate glimpse into what midwives can bring into the birthing process in the hospital system. The film is executively produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein (The Business of Being Born, which was featured in over fifteen international film festivals). Maher’s scholarly writing focuses on the interplay between traditional film and new media theories. Her additional award-winning film work has shown in festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Her writings have been published by Cilect, the International Digital Media Arts Conference Journal and featured in the D|N|A Anthology. 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

    MFA Radio/Television/Film Department, Northwestern University BA Philosophy/International Affairs, Minor in Cinema Studies, The Colorado College
  • Favorite Spot on Campus:

    Center for Media and Social Impact Office

    Book Currently Reading:

    The Marketplace of Attention

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Partnerships & Affiliations


  • Spring 2015

  • Summer 2015

    • COMM-535 Special Topics in News Media: New Media Practices/Techniques
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  • Fall 2015

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities


THE MAMA SHERPAS (2015).  Producer and Director.  HD.  The Mama Sherpas is a feature-length documentary that will provide a personal glimpse into what midwives can bring to the birthing process in the hospital system.  The film is executively produced by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein and distributed by Bond Influence.


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


A MOSQUE OF HER OWN (ongoing). Interactive Documentary. Executive Producer and Creative Director (in collaboration with Nick Ray and Meng Wang).  The interactive documentary (i-Doc) explores an all women mosque in the Hui community of Kaifeng, China.


A.W.O.L. (2005).  Producer, Writer, and Director.  DVCAM.  The eighteen-minute fictional short about an encounter between an army deserter and a desert family in Iraq, evokes a wealth of cross-cultural ambiguities and tensions generated by the war. Distributed by Third World Newsreel (www.twn.org).