Ryan Christopher Jones

Photojournalist and anthropologist

Ryan Christopher Jones is Mexican-American photojournalist and anthropologist originally from Central California, currently living in Cambridge, MA.

He is a regular contributor to The New York Times, ProPublica and The Washington Post, and often works on stories of labor, environment and migration across the United States and Mexico. Two of his 2021 collaborations with the Center for Collaborative Investigative Journalism examined the nebulous politics of water in California’s Central Valley. Other recent work also includes in-depth reporting during the Covid-19 pandemic in New York City and Boston, the overdose crisis, NYC housing crisis, and economic mobility. He has written about the ethics of photojournalism  in two 2018 op-eds for The New York Times, “How Photography Exploits the Vulnerable” and “The Deja Vu of Mass Shootings.”

In 2022 he was a judge for the Pulitzer Prizes and was also awarded the American Mosaic Journalism Prize for his coverage on under-reported communities across the U.S. He is currently a PhD student in Social Anthropology at Harvard University, where he will continue to study the political ecology of water, space and power in California, with a focus on the ways that Latinx and farmworker communities are responding to climate devastation across the Western United States.

Profile in Harvard Gazette

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Editorial Clients

  • The New York Times
  • The Atlantic
  • The Washington Post
  • ProPublica
  • Der Spiegel
  • CNN
  • The Intercept
  • The Wall Street Journal
  • Buzzfeed
  • New York Magazine/The Cut
  • Newsweek
  • Nowhere Magazine (words + photos)
  • The Huffington Post
  • Newsday