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Patricia Aufderheide
Director

Center director Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. 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 heads the Fair Use and Free Speech research project at the Center, in conjunction with Prof. Peter Jaszi in American University's 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 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 Kartemquin Films, a leading independent social documentary production company, and and on the editorial boards of a variety of publications, including Communication Law and Policy and In These Times newspaper. She has served on the board of directors of the Independent Television Service, which produces innovative television programming for underserved audiences under the umbrella of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and on the film advisory board of the National Gallery of Art. She received her Ph.D. in history from the University of Minnesota.

Pat can be reached at: paufder [at] american [dot] edu

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Caty Borum Chattoo
Creative Director

Caty Borum Chattoo is a full-time professor of Public Communication and Executive in Residence in American University's School of Communication. She has multifaceted expertise in social change communication, integrated media campaigns, and documentary film and television production. Most recently, she worked as a senior vice president at a D.C. global communications agency. She also worked in Los Angeles with producer Norman Lear through both the Norman Lear Center, a multidisciplinary think tank, and as a founding director of Lear’s Declare Yourself, a national youth civic engagement campaign. Prior to this work, she served as a program officer in the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Entertainment Media & Public Health program. In addition, Borum Chattoo has produced documentary film, TV, and short-subject advocacy videos for groups including the AFL-CIO, California Nurses Association, ICLEI USA, YWCA, and others. She co-produced the investigative feature documentary film, "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price," and served as a key media spokesperson; and she served as co-producer and field producer for an investigative TV documentary series about environmental social justice, "Sierra Club Chronicles," which aired on Link TV and the Sundance Channel.

Caty Borum Chattoo can be reached at: chattoo [at] american [dot] edu

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Angelica Das
Associate Director

Angelica Das is the Associate Director at the Center for Media & Social Impact with a background in nonprofit management and communication. Angelica programs the Center's annual Media That Matters conference and Visiting Filmmaker agendas, and directs special projects and strategic planning for the Center. She is a co-producer for the feature documentary "Roaming Wild" and regularly serves as a juror for local festivals including the Justice Matters award at Filmfest DC. She previously managed operations for the nonprofit Machik, whose work is incubating social innovation on the Tibetan plateau. As program officer with the National Geographic Society, she managed grants and media for premiere explorers and adventurers. She received a Master of Arts in International Media from American University, where she investigated the role of hyper-local media in information environments. Angelica holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Rochester and post-baccalaureate certificate in Polish language and culture. A true global citizen, Angelica has roots in Poland and India and continues to explore the world through documentary filmmaking.

Angelica can be reached at: das [at] american [dot] edu

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Laura DeNardis
Associate Professor

Laura DeNardis is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at American University. She is a globally recognized Internet governance scholar whose research addresses Internet policy and technical design issues related to communication rights and freedom of expression online. Before joining American University, she served as the Executive Director of the Yale Information Society Project. Her books include Opening Standards: The Global Politics of Interoperability (MIT Press 2011); Protocol Politics: The Globalization of Internet Governance (MIT Press 2009); Information Technology in Theory (Thompson 2007 with Pelin Aksoy); and a forthcoming Yale University Press book on Global Internet Governance. DeNardis earned a PhD in Science and Technology Studies from Virginia Tech, an MEng from Cornell University, an AB in Engineering Science from Dartmouth College, and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from Yale Law School.

Laura DeNardis can be reached at denardis [at] american [dot] edu

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Benjamin Stokes
Civic Media Research Fellow

Benjamin Stokes is a researcher at USC, where he is completing his PhD on civic learning, participatory mapping and real-world gaming. Previously, Benjamin served at the MacArthur Foundation as a program officer in their $50M portfolio on Digital Media and Learning. Benjamin is a co-founder of Games for Change, the branch of the serious games movement which seeks to advance social change. Benjamin has also led design teams on games and e-training, reaching more than 150,000 youth at the nonprofit MercyCorps/NetAid. In educational technology, Benjamin produced virtual field trips and research tools for their network of more than 43,000 high schools at the ProQuest/Bigchalk educational publishers.

Ben can be reached at bgs [at] benjaminstokes [dot] net

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Stephanie Brown
Graduate Fellow

Stephanie Brown is a graduate student in the American University School of Communication's International Media program. She recently interned with GoodWeave International and volunteered on the programming and festival operation teams of the DC Chinese Film Festival. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Professional Writing from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, where she joined the Carnegie Mellon Human-Computer Interaction Institute as a research assistant, collaborating on projects exploring user perspectives on online anonymity. Prior to that, Stephanie interned at Three Rivers Community Foundation, where she wrote about human rights issues and current events. Stephanie enjoys reading, writing, and experiencing other cultures.

Stephanie can be reached at sb9279a [at] american [dot] edu

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Daniel Farber-Ball
Graduate Fellow

Daniel is an international graduate student in the American University School of Communication’s International Media Program. Originally from Israel, Daniel is an accomplished journalist and news producer, having worked for global outlets such as RT, Channel News Asia, South Africa’s Carte Blanche and others. Daniel earned a B.A. in International Relations and Communications from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem while also working as a visitor liaison at the Israeli Parliament. Before earning his degree, Daniel volunteered as a youth movement group counselor working to educate and empower children of all ages. He is an experienced backpacker and enjoys hiking, scuba diving and discovering new places.

Daniel can be reached at daniel.farber [at] gmail [dot] com

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Anuj Gupta
Graduate Legal Fellow

Anuj Gupta is an alumnus of the Film and Media Arts program from American University's School of Communication and now pursuing law at the George Washington University Law School. His focus is in intellectual property law, specifically copyright and trademark. When not in the classroom, Anuj can be found on the tennis court or hard at work to create the latest greatest mobile app.

Anuj can be reached at agupta1 [at] law.gwu [dot] edu

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Daniela Perez
Graduate Fellow

Daniela Pérez Frías was born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico. She is currently pursuing her MFA in Film and Electronic Media at American University in Washington, DC, where she is on course to graduate this spring. Daniela received her BA in Communication from the Tecnológico de Monterrey, where she made her first documentary short, El Codo del Arte. She was producer for the short fictional film Northeast Front, which told one mother’s harrowing tale of protecting her children from the drug violence in northern Mexico. When not working on films, Daniela can often be found eating Thai noodles. She is always the first on the dance floor.

Daniela can be reached at daniela.p.frias [at] gmail [dot] com