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Faye Ginsburg has taken anthropology to a new level. A visual and cultural anthropologist, Ginsburg has effectively integrated cultural activism, politics, film and cinema into theoretical anthropology. Ginsburg, who received her Ph.D. from CUNY in 1986, researches, writes and teaches about the theory and practice of visual anthropology.

Ginsburg’s first ethnography was in the field of reproductive rights, where she researched and analyzed both sides of the abortion debate. Ginsburg has produced several scholarly works including, Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community, and, Conceiving the New World Order: The Global Politics of Reproduction. Ginsburg is affiliated with the American Anthropological Association, the Society for Feminist Anthropology and many other prestigious groups.

Ginsburg has done continual research on Australian Aborigines and their use of media, such as film, to preserve their culture. Her research reveals that Aborigines are empowered by new media and have experienced a “self-conscious social transformation” through the utilization of film. This research blossomed into an interest for ethnographic film and the social uses of media, which Ginsburg explores further at New York University.

Ginsburg has received many awards and fellowships, but her crowning achievement remains the establishment of the Center for Media, Culture and History at NYU, an interdisciplinary program that trains graduate students in the study of ethnography and film. Students explore film and cinema and the various uses of such media in regards to society. Students are also taught the history and theory behind ethnographic film while simultaneously studying visual anthropology. Ginsburg’s research, scholarly work and integrated program indicate her high level of expertise within the field of cultural anthropology.

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