Patricia Aufderheide is 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), The Daily Planet (University of Minnesota Press, 2000), and of Communications Policy in the Public Interest (Guilford Press, 1999). She has been a Fulbright and John Simon Guggenheim fellow and has served as a juror at the Sundance Film Festival among others. She has received numerous journalism and scholarly awards, including the Preservation and Scholarship award in 2006 from the International Documentary Association, a career achievement award in 2008 from the International Digital Media and Arts Association, and the Woman of Vision Award from Women in Film and Video (DC) in 2010. Aufderheide serves on the board of directors of he Independent Television Service, which produces innovative television programming for underserved audiences under the umbrella of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. 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, Documentary magazine, and In These Times newspaper. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.
Pat can be reached at: paufder [at] american [dot] edu