Prof. Deborah Dorotinsky (1963) has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from U.C. Berkeley (1985), an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Art History from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (2003). She is a full time researcher in the Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas, UNAM (2004) and professor of Historiography of Art, History of photography, Visual Culture and gender in Latin America in the Art History Graduate Program, which she chairs at UNAM since 2011. She has published extensively in Spanish on the topics of visual imagery and ethnic identity, “indigenismo” and photography and of late on visual culture and gender in Mexico (1920-1950). She was Academic Coordinator of the Visual Culture and Gender area in the Gender Studies Program (PUEG) in UNAM (2008-2010). She edited with Renato González Mello the book Encauzar la mirada: Arquitectura, pedagogía e imágenes en México 1920-1950”, México, (2010) on the history of images and architecture in the school experience and education programs in México between 1920 and 1940.
Between 2012 and 2014 she coordinated the research seminar Ethnographic cinema: between anthropological documentation and aesthetic experimentation together with professors Danna Levin, Álvaro Vázquez Mantecón and Antonio Zirion in a joint effort between UNAM and Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana. The results from this seminar will appear letter in 2016 in the book Variaciones sobre cine etnográfico; entre la documentación antropológica y la experimentación estética (UNAM/UAM in press). Since 2012 she has been a member of the feminist collective Memora, a feminist-archive-activation group first centered on activist and photographer Ana Victoria Jimenez’ archive.
Her book Viaje de sombras Fotografías del Desierto de la soledad y los indios lacandones en los años cuarenta, on the photographic construction of the Lacandon Rain-Forest and the Lacandon Indians was published by Instituto de Investigaciones Estética, UNAM, in 2013.
She is the proud mother of two young women and member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (CONACyT) and Collage Art Association and the Latin American Studies Association.