Prof. Steven D. Rubin
Specialization: Photography
Home institution in US: Pennsylvania State University, University Park
Host Institution in India: Mizoram University, Aizwal, Mizoram  
Start date/Month in India: January 2013
Duration of grant: 4 months

Brief Bio:
Prof. Steven Rubin is a photographer and assistant professor of art in the School of Visual Arts at Pennsylvania State University. He holds a M.F.A. from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. in sociology from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. Previously he worked for more than two decades as a photojournalist and documentary photographer traveling on assignment around the world and across the U.S. His photographs have been published in The New York Times Magazine, National Geographic, Time, Newsweek and The Village Voice, Stern, GEO, Focus, L’Express and The Independent magazine, among numerous other publications. He has been a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University, an Alicia Patterson Fellow, an Open Society Institute Media Fellow, and the recipient a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in photography. Prof. Rubin’s research interests include refugees and human rights, immigration and immigrant detention, rural poverty, energy and the environment, and participatory community arts programs in photography.

Prof. Rubin’s Fulbright research project, “Borderline Existence: Burmese Chin in Mizoram State,” will utilize photography, audio and narrative text to investigate the everyday lives of Burmese Chin refugees residing throughout Mizoram. The project will focus on the social, cultural and economic dynamics in their lives, as well as the strong religious and ancestral ties and tensions that the Chin hold with their Mizo hosts.