Faye Ginsburg is a visual anthropologist who studies and works with cultural activists in contemporary social movements.
Ginsburg has focused much of her research on the politics of reproduction, especially in the United States. Her book, Contested Lives: The Abortion Debate in an American Community (1989, updated 1998), depicts the ethnographic study of abortion activists on both sides of the conflict in Fargo, North Dakota, in order to understand what divides women activists in the struggle and debate surrounding abortion in the U.S. Ginsburg is co-editor of Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture (1990) and of Conceiving the New World Order (1994), and has produced several documentaries. Since 1990, she has written extensively on the development of media by indigenous peoples. She has established a fellowship program for indigenous media makers at New York University.
Ginsburg is the David B. Kriser Professor of Anthropology, the founding director of the Program in Culture and Media, and the founding Goddard Director of the Center for Religion and Media at New York University. She taught previously at the New School for Social Research (1984-1987).
Ginsburg received a B.A. (1976) from Barnard College, studied ethnographic filmmaking with Jean Rouch (1979), and received a Ph.D. (1986) from the City University of New York.