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Steven Rubin

  • Associate Professor of Art, School of Visual Arts, Photography Department

Steven Rubin is a documentary photographer whose work highlights numerous critical and contemporary issues including health disparities, rural poverty, refugee migration, immigrant detention, and the social and environmental impacts of energy development. His photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, and The Village Voice, and internationally in Stern, GEO, Focus, L’Express, and The London Independent Magazine, among numerous other publications, and exhibited across the United States and in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. A Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in India, he was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard, an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellow, and a Fellow with the New York Foundation for the Arts. He was also a Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute, which supported his photographic investigation of the federal government’s detention and treatment of immigrants – work that has been widely circulated by Amnesty International, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and Human Rights First. As a Community Fellow with the Open Society Institute (Baltimore), he co-directed the innovative program Healing Images, providing digital cameras, instruction and therapy to survivors of torture.

A graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he received his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. His new book Shale Play: Poems and Photographs from the Fracking Fields with poet Julia Spicher Kasdorf, was published in August 2018. Learn more about his work at

As an Embedded Faculty Researcher at ADRI, his project More Deadly than Gunpowder: Visualizing the Public Health Challenge of Diabetes in Senegal will investigate the dangerous rise of diabetes and chronic non-communicable diseases in Senegal and other critical locations in the developing world.