Deni Chamberlin

Associate Professor [GSJC]


Dept:Greenlee School Journalism/Communication
Office:151 Hamilton
613 Wallace Rd.
Ames IA
Office Hours:Monday from 2-3 p.m. and by appointment M-F.

Topics of interest: Digital Storytelling, journalism, Multimedia Journalism, photojournalism

Education: M.F.A., Photography, Indiana University, 2005.
B.A., English and Journalism, Indiana University, 1983.


Deni Chamberlin is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist with three decades of experience as a photojournalist, and photo editor. She has worked for many publications throughout the world, including TIME Magazine, The Economist, GEO, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and National Geographic.

She was a staff photographer at the Denver Post before moving to Poland in the 1980s to begin a freelance career behind the Iron Curtain. A couple of years later the Berlin Wall fell and she spent the following decade covering the reintegration of Europe for many international publications.

In 2002 Deni returned to the States to pursue an MFA in art and since 2005 has been teaching photojournalism and visual communication at the Greenlee School, as well as directing the school’s study abroad programs. She has also taught in Italy, Poland, and Ukraine – where she was a Fulbright Scholar from 2016-17.

In addition to authoring two books, Między Wami Polakami and Kalingrad, her photographs are held in private and public collections including the Portland Museum of Art, Harry Ransom Center and the Kinsey Institute.

Over the years, much of Deni’s work has focused on marginalized communities abroad and in the U.S. Her current documentary work examines the intersectionality of identities.