Tema Stauffer is a photographer whose work examines the social, economic, and psychological landscape of American spaces. Her work has been exhibited at Sasha Wolf and Daniel Cooney galleries in New York, as well as galleries and institutions internationally, including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Her work has been included in numerous print and online publications, including the New York Times, the Chicago Reader and the Village Voice. In 2010, she was awarded an AOL 25 for 25 Grant for innovation in the arts for her combined work as an artist, curator, and writer. She received third prize in the Photo Review Competition 2012 and she was a finalist for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013. She was also the recipient of the 2012 Women in Photography - LTI/Lightside Individual Project Grant and a 2014 CCNY Darkroom Residency for her documentary portrait series, Paterson, depicting residents of Paterson, New Jersey during the years following the economic crisis. She received her BA from Oberlin College and her Master's degree in photography from the University of Illinois at Chicago; Stauffer is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Concordia University in Montreal.