Sabra Thorner

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Museum Studies
Ph.D. 2013 (Anthropology, with an Advanced Certificate in Culture & Media), New York University; M.A. 2003 (Australian Studies), University of Melbourne; B.A. 2000 (Sociology, Australia-New Zealand Studies, and Theology), Georgetown University

Phone: (212) 998-8086

Areas of Research/Interest
The social lives of photography and archives; community museums and cultural centers; expressions of Indigeneity in contemporary settler/colonial states; Australia; media-making as cultural activism; digital cultures, emergent technologies, and global access; theories of value and exchange; materiality; art worlds; and intellectual and cultural property.

Dissertation Completion Grant, Ruth Landes Memorial Research Fund, 2011-2012
Graduate Students Fellowship, New York University Global Research Initiatives, 2011-2012
Henry M. MacCracken Fellowship, New York University, 2004-2011
Research Grant, Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies, 2009-2010
Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, 2008-2009
Council for Media and Culture Summer Field Research Grant, New York University, 2007
Annette Weiner Summer Research Fellowship, New York University, 2006
Graduate Research Fellowship Project Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation, 2004
Fulbright Fellowship to Australia, U.S. Department of State, 2002-2003
Martin C. and Faye Cousens Carroll Traveling Fellowship, Lois Roth Endowment, 2002

Select Publications
"Indigenous Media," Oxford Bibliographies Online (with Pamela Wilson, Joanna Hearne, and Amalia Cordova). Forthcoming (2013).

"Imagining an Indigital Interface: Ara Irititja Indigenizes the Technologies of Knowledge Management," Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals, 2010, 6(3): 125-146.

Film Review: Ten Canoes, by Rolf de Heer and Peter Djigirr, American Anthropologist, 2009, 111(4): 519-521.

Television Review: First Australians, by Rachel Perkins and Beck Cole, American Anthropologist, 2009, 111(3): 391-392.

Book Review: Shimmering Screens: Making Media in an Aboriginal Community, by Jennifer Deger, Anthropological Quarterly, 2009, 82(1): 357-362.

Exhibition Review: "Colliding Worlds" and "Sights Unseen," American Anthropologist, 2008, 110(1): 66-68.

"Changing the Rules of Engagement: How Rabbit-Proof Fence and Whale Rider Forge a New Dimension of Ethnographic Media," Visual Anthropology Review, 2007, 23(2): 137-150.

Exhibition Review: "Indigenous Motivations," Museum Anthropology Review online; available: (with Haidy Geismar, Tate LeFevre, Claire Nicholas, Sandra Rozental, and April Strickland).

Book Review: Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians, by Jane Lydon, Visual Anthropology Review, 2006, 22(2): 88-90.

History and Theory of Museums (MSMS-GA 1500)
Research Seminar (MSMS-GA 3991)

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