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Faculty Profiles > Lee Bernstein

Undergraduate Courses:

  • US History Since 1865Lee Bernstein
  • Postwar America
  • US Foreign Policy Since 1900
  • Prisons and Prisoners in the U.S.
  • American Immigration
Graduate Courses:
  • Interpretations of American History
  • Recent American History

Book CoverLee Bernstein's research and writing focus on the history of organized crime and the history of prisons and prisoners. He has taught at New Paltz since 2004 and currently serves as Chair of the Department of History.  In addition to presentations at scholarly conferences, he lectures to audiences throughout the Hudson Valley on topics related to postwar American history and the history of crime and punishment. He is the author of The Greatest Menace: Organized Crime in Cold War America (University of Massachusetts Press) and America is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s (University of North Carolina Press).

He received his B.A. from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, M.A. from Boston College, and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota.



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