Susan Sterner

Chair New Media Photojournalism Assistant Professor of Photojournalism
Degree programs: 
BFA Fine Art Photography
BFA Photography
MA New Media Photojournalism

Personal Information

Susan Sterner is the Director of the MA in New Media Photojournalism and an associate professor of photojournalism. Ms. Sterner started her career as a photojournalist freelancing with national and international publications while based in New Orleans, La. She worked for the Associated Press as a staff photographer, based in Mississippi and California. With the AP she covered domestic issues such as immigration, child labor and families in poverty as well as U.S. border issues and social change in Haiti. A two-year fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs sent Ms. Sterner to Brazil to photograph and write about women’s lives and access to resources. After returning to the United States, she worked as a White House photographer, documenting the official and the behind-the-scenes life of the presidency. Since 2006 she has coordinated the undergraduate program in photojournalism, emphasizing a multimedia and multi-disciplinary approach. She is currently at work on series of short-form documentaries examining community-based health care.

Degree Title: 
B.A., International Studies and Cultural Anthropology
College or University: 
Emory University
Degree Title: 
M.A., Latin-American Studies
College or University: 
Vanderbilt University
Awards: 

2010 Outstanding Creative Research Award, Corcoran College of Art and Design

2013 Betty Foster Outstanding Teaching Award, Corcoran College of Art and Design

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Prof. Susan Sterner began teaching and coordinating photojournalism courses in the Photography Department in 2006 and launched the Master of Arts New Media Photojournalism Program in 2011. She started her career as a freelance photojournalist with national and international publications while based in New Orleans, LA. As a staff photographer for the Associated Press, she was based in Mississippi and then California, covering international and domestic issues, including immigration, child labor, and families in poverty. Prof. Sterner received a two-year fellowship with the Institute of Current World Affairs to photograph and write about women’s lives in Brazil. She then became a White House photographer under George W. Bush, documenting the official and behind-the-scenes life of the presidency. Her work continues to be centered on themes addressing immigration, health care, and human rights.