Erica Cusi Wortham

Title:
Professional Lecturer & Project Lead, Innovation Group
Email:
[email protected]

Areas of Expertise

Anthropology of Latin America; media studies; and art, design and innovation

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.

 

Current Research

Current projects include revitalizing approaches to ethnographic research methods using artist processes and design thinking at GWU; building creative infrastructure for Innovation Group at SEAS; and developing a participatory, digital media archive with Indigenous artists in cooperation with NYU’s Libraries.

Education

Ph.D. New York University

Publications

Book

2013 Indigenous Media in Mexico: Culture, Community and the State. Duke University Press

Chapters

Forthcoming “Value and Ephemeral Materiality: Media Archiving in Tamazulapam, Oaxaca” Indigital Conference, Vanderbilt University Press (Fall 2016)

2016 “Value and Ephemeral Materiality: Indigenous Media On-Line,” In Miradas Propias Pueblos Indígenas: Comunicación y Medios en la Sociedad Digital, editor Claudia Megallanes Blanco and José Manuel Ramos Rodriquez, Puebla, Mexico: Universidad Iberoamericana

1998 “Documentary as a Tool for Cultural Conservation,” In Sights of the Turn of the Century II: New Tendencies in Documentary Cinema, edited by Juan Francisco Urrusti and Andrea Stavenhagen. Mexico City: Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica, pp. 65-74

Journal Articles

2005 “Más allá de la hibridad: los medios televisivos y la producción de identidades indígenas en Oaxaca, México,” Liminar Estudios Sociales y humanisticos 3(3):34-47

2004 “Between the State and Indigenous Autonomy: Video Indígena in Mexico,” American Anthropologist 106(2):363-367

Classes Taught

Latin American and Hemispheric Studies, Elliott School, The George Washington University Graduate Seminar Latin America In Motion: Indigenous Media, Cinema and Social Movements (Fall 2017)

School of Engineering and Applied Science, The George Washington University Social Impact and New Ventures Using Design Thinking (Fall 2017)

Program in New Media and Photojournalism, Corcoran School of Art and Design, The George Washington University Graduate Seminar Latin American Film: Reshaping Narratives (Spring 2017)

Program in Museum Exhibition Design, Corcoran School of Art and Design, The George Washington University Official Reviewer, Masters Thesis Review (Spring 2017)

Department of Anthropology, The George Washington University Graduate Seminar: Nationalism and Ethnicity (Spring 2013)

Undergraduate Upper Level: Anthropology of Latin America (Spring 2015)

Politics, Nationalism and Ethnicity (Spring 2013, Fall 2015)

Native Peoples of North America (Fall 2013)

Undergraduate: Introduction to Sociocultural Anthropology (Fall 2013, Fall 2015, Fall 2016)

California College for the Arts, San Francisco Guest Instructor, Ethnographic Methods (Fall 2006)

Guest Instructor, Ethnographic Methods (Fall 2005)

Department of Anthropology, University of California, San Diego Guest Lecturer, Sociocultural Anthropology (Spring 2007)