Stephen J. Dubner
|Stephen J. Dubner|
Stephen J. Dubner
|Born||August 26, 1963|
|Known for||Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Binder-Dubner (1998-present; 2 children)|
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 and its 2009 sequel, SuperFreakonomics.
His parents were born Solomon Dubner and Florence Greenglass. His mother was the first cousin of Ethel Greenglass Rosenberg. His parents, separately, converted to Catholicism from Judaism. After their baptism, they renamed themselves Paul and Veronica. Dubner grew up in Duanesburg, New York, as the youngest of eight children, and received a devout Roman Catholic upbringing. His father worked as a copy editor at a newspaper.
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.
Dubner currently resides in New York City with his wife, Ellen Binder-Dubner, and their two children.
- Turbulent Souls: A Catholic Son’s Return to His Jewish Family (1998) (ISBN 0-380-72930-X)
- Republished as Choosing My Religion (2006)
- 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)
- Choosing My Religion is being developed as a film.
- 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
- Stephen J. Dubner (March 31, 1996). "Choosing My Religion". New York Times.
- "The Boy With Two Belly Buttons", SJ Dubner webpage.
- "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.
- New York Times Magazine
- The New York Times
- The New Yorker
- Time Magazine
- New York Observer
- New York Magazine
- The Best American Crime Writing
- The Best American Sports Writing
- 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
- "The Economist of Odd Questions: Inside the Astonishingly Curious Mind of Steven D. Levitt" New York Times Magazine (2003)
- "Blackonomics at Harvard" New York Times Magazine (2005)
- "The Silver Thief: The Story of a Burglar Who Was Too Good for His Own Good" The New Yorker (2004)
- "Choosing My Religion" New York Times Magazine (1996)
- "'I Don't Want To Live Long …' Ted Kaczynski, the Unabomber, Talks From Prison" Time Magazine (1999)
- "The Unhappy Inheritors: Suddenly Popular, and Bursting With Shame" New York Times Magazine (2003)
- "Life Is a Contact Sport: Where N.F.L. Rookies Learn the Facts of Life" New York Times Magazine (2002)
- "Behaviorists at the Gate: The New Economists Have Their Say" The New York Times (2003)
- "Steven Spielberg, in Black and White" New York Times Magazine (1999)
- "John Unitas, Steel-Town Quarterback" New York Times Magazine (2002)
- "What Kind of an Addiction Is Israel, Anyway?" New York Observer (2001)
- "The Pop Perfectionist on a Crowded Stage:Paul Simon Comes to Broadway" New York Times Magazine (1997)
- "Dutch Schultz's Millions" The New Yorker (2001)
- "Looking For Heroes - and Finding Them" New York Times (OpEd) (2001)
- "Stronger Than Steel: The Demise of Three Rivers Stadium" New York Times Magazine (2000)
- "What Is Stephen King Trying to Prove?" New York Times Magazine (2000)
- "Stephen Dubner recalls the cardinal as a peacemaker -- between him and his mom" New York (2000)
- "Ricky Who?" New York Times Magazine (1999)
- "Orthodox in an Unorthodox Place" Las Vegas Life (2000)
- "Monkey Business: Keith Chen’s Monkey Research" New York Times Magazine (2005)
- "The Seat-Belt Solution: How Much Good Do Car Seats Do?" New York Times Magazine (2005)
- "Up in Smoke: Whatever Happened to Crack Cocaine?" New York Times Magazine (2005)
- "Does the Truth Lie Within? One professor's lifetime of self-experimentation" New York Times Magazine (2005)
- "The DNA of Dog Dirt: Can technology keep New York City scooped?" New York Times Magazine (2005)
- "Why Vote?" New York Times Magazine (2005)
- "What the Bagel Man Saw: An Accidental Glimpse at Human Nature" New York Times Magazine (2005)
- "Stephen Dubner recalls the cardinal . . ." New York Magazine (2000)
- "The Search for 100 Million Missing Women" Slate (2005)
- "Trading Up: Where Do Baby Names Come From?" Slate (2005)
- "A Roshanda by Any Other Name: How do babies with super-black names fare?" Slate (2005)
- "Is There One Right Way To Be a Jew?" Slate (1999)
- Good Morning America appearance, August 27, 2009
-  Television Appearance
- Video Interview on LX.TV
- Appalachian State University
- Reading guide and chapter excerpts (Official publisher web page)