B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
M.A., Boston College
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Office: JFT 1006
Phone: (845) 257-2683
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and by appointment.
He has taught at New Paltz since 2004.
US History Since 1865
US Foreign Policy Since 1900
Prisons and Prisoners in the U.S.
Interpretations of American History
Recent American History
Lee Bernstein's research and writing focus on the history of organized crime and the history of prisons and prisoners.
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).