Associate Professor of Art
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Steven Rubin is an Associate Professor of Art in the Photography Department at Penn State University. Previously, he worked for more than twenty years as a freelance photojournalist and documentary photographer, traveling on assignment in Iraq, Rwanda, Kosovo, Pakistan, Thailand, Chile, Cuba, throughout Central America and across the United States. 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. His work has been exhibited across the United States and in Europe, Asia and Central America. A Fulbright-Nehru Scholar in northeast India, he is also the recipient of the Leica Medal of Excellence, a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Fellowship, a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard, an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship and a grant from The Fund for Environmental Journalism. 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. He was also a Media Fellow with the Open Society Institute (New York), which supported his timely photographic investigation of the federal government’s detention and treatment of immigrants -- work that has been widely circulated by Amnesty International, theUnited Nations High Commissioner for Refugees,Human Rights First and The American Bar Association. A graduate of Reed College in Portland, Oregon, he obtained his MFA in Visual Arts from the University of California, San Diego. His current projects investigate the rise of wind energy in the Midwest, the precarious conditions of Burmese Chin refugees in India and the upsurge of diabetes in Sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently working with documentary poet Julia Kasdorf on a project documenting the impacts of natural gas development in Pennsylvania.