Dr. Erica Cusi Wortham is an interdisciplinary scholar working at the intersection of cultural anthropology; media studies; and art, design and innovation. Erica has a long relationship with and commitment to the visual arts as a photographer and documentary film/video maker as well as a media programmer for the National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. As a scholar her work focuses on issues of representation within a broadly conceived, but ethnographically grounded approach to visual and media practices. Her book, Making Culture Visible: Indigenous Media in Mexico (Duke University Press, 2013) is based on her field research with video artists in southern Mexico.
Erica has taught at GWU since 2012 in the Department of anthropology, the Corcoran School of Art and Design, the Elliott School of International Affairs, and most recently in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Erica has recently joined the Innovation Group at SEAS and is helping to build its creative infrastructure with programming and curriculum development. Other current projects include revitalizing approaches to ethnographic research methods using artist processes and design thinking at GWU and developing a participatory, digital media archive with Indigenous artists in cooperation with NYU’s Libraries.