Melissa Bender is a documentary photographer and freelance photojournalist with a medical background, focusing on issues surrounding race, racism, and inequality. She is a contributing photographer to Just Security, an online forum about U.S. national security law and policy. Her work was selected to appear in the post-election 2016 "#ICPWeThePeople" exhibit at the International Center of Photography and has been featured on social media by sites including Photograph Magazine, Cosmopolitan, Flak Photo Network, the Women's March, Indivisible Guide,CAIR-NY, Pantsuit Nation, NYC Muslim-Jewish Solidarity Committee, the #girlgaze project, Female Collective, Muslim Women's Alliance, #STORYOFTHESTREET, War Within a Breath, and others.
Melissa holds an AB in Government from Harvard College, an MD from Harvard Medical School, and an MPH from the Harvard-Chan School of Public Health. In 2015, after a fifteen-year career in academic medicine and medical education on topics at the intersection of health and poverty, Melissa turned to the study of documentary photography at the International Center of Photography.