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Deborah Willis, PhD, is professor and chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. (She's also affiliated with the College of Arts and Sciences, Africana Studies.)
She was a 2005 Guggenheim Fellow and Fletcher Fellow and a 2000 MacArthur Fellow as well as the 1996 recipient of the Anonymous Was a Woman Foundation award.
She has pursued a dual professional career as an art photographer and as one of the nation’s leading historians of African American photography and curator of African American culture.
Willis has just received the honored educator award at the Society for Photographic Education.