Joanna Lipper

Joanna Lipper

Lecturer in the Department of African and African American Studies

104 Mount Auburn Street, 3R


Joanna Lipper is a filmmaker, photographer and author of the nationally acclaimed book, Growing Up Fast. Her work as a documentary filmmaker has been supported by the MacArthur Foundation, Ford Foundation, ITVS, Britdoc Foundation, the Tribeca Gucci Documentary Fund and Chicken & Egg Pictures. In 2012, she won the Tribeca Gucci Spotlighting Women Documentary Award for The Supreme Price. Previous films include Inside Out: Portraits of Children, Growing up Fast and Little Fugitive. As a Lecturer at Harvard, she teaches AAAS 109 “Using Film For Social Change.” This course integrates film, photography and social engagement and is cross-listed in Women’s Studies and Visual and Environmental Studies.

For more info and to view trailers and clips from Joanna Lipper’s films, please visit:

Joanna Lipper's Faculty Homepage

MacArthur Foundation Grant

The Supreme Price

Tribeca Gucci Spotlighting Women Documentary Award[]=5

Growing Up Fast - Press and Reviews

Photo Gallery

Recent Photography Exhibition



View Article"Rust Proof"

Link to
Article"'Portraits of Children:' Joanna Lipper's film journeys to a world of fairies, elves and imagination"

Link to Article"Du Bois fellow makes ‘Little Fugitive,’ take two"

BOOK REVIEWS (New York Times, Washington Post, Publisher's Weekly etc...)

Press release – MacArthur Documentary Film Fund Awards


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