Stephen J. Dubner
Stephen J. Dubner (born August 26, 1963) is a JewishAmerican
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.
Dubner grew up in Duanesburg, New York as the youngest
of eight children in a devout Roman Catholic family. His parents, Paul
and Veronica Dubner, had converted to Catholicism from Judaism. Stephen
Dubner explains 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 an MFA in Writing from
Columbia University (1990), where he also taught in the English Department.
Dubner lives in New
York City with his wife, Ellen Binder and their two children.