Stephen J. Dubner
|Stephen J. Dubner|
August 26, 1963 |
Duanesburg, New York
|Residence||New York City|
|Education||Appalachian State University (1984); Columbia University (1990, Master of Fine Arts)|
|Known for||Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Binder-Dubner (1998–present)|
Stephen J. Dubner (born August 26, 1963) is an American journalist who has written four books and numerous articles. Dubner is best known as co-author (with economist Steven Levitt) of the pop-economics book Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, its 2009 sequel, SuperFreakonomics and its 2014 sequel Think Like A Freak.
His parents were born Solomon Dubner and Florence Greenglass. His mother was the first cousin of Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg. His father worked as a copy editor at The Troy Record. His parents, separately, converted to Catholicism from Judaism. After their baptism, they renamed themselves Paul and Veronica. Dubner grew up in Duanesburg, New York, the youngest of eight children, and received a devout Roman Catholic upbringing.
Dubner has explained his own choice to practice Judaism as an adult as follows: "I did not grow up Jewish, but my parents did....But for my parents—and now, for me, as I am becoming a Jew—there is a pointed difference. We have chosen our religion, rejecting what we inherited for what we felt we needed."
Dubner's first published work was in the American children's magazine Highlights for Children. Dubner received a scholarship from Appalachian State University in North Carolina, and graduated in 1984. At Appalachian he formed a band, "The Right Profile," which was signed to Arista Records. In 1988, he stopped playing music to focus more on writing, going on to receive a Master of Fine Arts in Writing from Columbia University (1990), where he also taught in the English Department. In the 1990s, Dubner was a story editor at The New York Times Magazine.
- Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son’s Return to His Jewish Family (1998, ISBN 0-380-72930-X)
- Republished as Choosing My Religion: a Memoir of a Family Beyond Belief (2006, ISBN 0061132993)
- Confessions of a Hero-Worshiper (2003) (ISBN 0-688-17365-9)
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything, co-author with Steven Levitt (2005) (ISBN 0-06-089637-X)
- The Boy With Two Belly Buttons, a children’s book, (HarperCollins, 2007) (ISBN 978-0061134029)
- SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance, co-author with Steven Levitt (2009) (ISBN 0-060-88957-8)
- Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain, co-author with Steven Levitt (2014) (ISBN 0-062-21833-6)
- Freakonomics: The Movie (2010), Chad Troutwine documentary; marketing/distribution via Tribeca Film Festival, Apple Inc. iTunes Store and pay-what-you-wish theatrical release
- Freakonomics Radio, hosted by Dubner with Levitt as periodic guest; podcast and segments on Marketplace on US public-radio stations
- Choosing My Religion is being developed as a film.
- Finalist for the Koret Jewish Book Award, for Turbulent Souls
- Quill Award
- Short-listed for Financial Times and Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year Award
|This biographical article relies on references to primary sources. (August 2013)|
- "Ellen Binder, Stephen Dubner". Weddings (The New York Times). Retrieved 2013-08-18. "The bridegroom, 35, is a story editor at The New York Times Magazine...He is a son of Veronica Dubner of Homer, N.Y., and the late S. Paul Dubner, who was a copy editor at The Troy Record in Troy, N.Y. The bridegroom's previous marriage ended in divorce."
- Dubner, Stephen J. (March 31, 1996). "Choosing My Religion". The New York Times.
- "The Boy With Two Belly Buttons", SJ Dubner webpage.
- "The Upside of Quitting", freakonomics.com webpage. Retrieved 2013-08-21.
- "About ... Stephen J. Dubner", freakonomicsbook.com webpage. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
- Bio, SJ Dubner webpage. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
- The Boy ..., Amazon listing. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
- IMDb page, Retrieved 2011-12-26.
- "The Making of Freakonomics: The Movie", freakonomics.com webpage. Retrieved 2011-12-26.