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Brent E. Huffman

Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications

Professor and The Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching Professor


Areas of Focus

  • Documentary journalism, filmmaking, documentary ethics and theory, international reporting, investigative journalism, ethnography, photojournalism 
  • Threatened cultural heritage in Yemen
  • China's economic development in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Africa
    International human rights
  • Threat posed by terrorism in Yemen, China, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Africa to cultural heritage


Huffman's documentary "Saving Mes Aynak" is about an ancient archaeological site in Afghanistan threatened by a Chinese state-owned copper mine. The film has won more than 30 major awards and has been broadcast on television (Netflix, Al Jazeera, Arte) in more than 50 countries. 
Huffman's documentary "Finding Yingying" premiered at SXSW and is now streaming on Paramount+.  The Emmy-nominated documentary won over twenty awards and honors including a Chinese Academy Award. The documentary is about a Chinese graduate student who went missing at a major U.S. university and her family's efforts to find her.
Huffman's documentary "Strands of Resistance" won a Rory Peck Award from the British Film Institute for Best News Feature.  The documentary premiered on Vice News Tonight on Showtime.  The documentary is about China's influence in Pakistan and the minority groups fighting back against Chinese expansion.
Huffman is currently creating a documentary in Yemen about Yemeni's fighting to save cultural heritage threatened by war.