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Bernstein, Lee

B.A., Hobart and William Smith Colleges
M.A., Boston College
Ph.D., University of Minnesota


Department: History
Office: JFT 1006
Phone: (845) 257-2683
E-mail: bernstel@newpaltz.edu

Career History

He has taught at New Paltz since 2004.

Teaching Interests

Undergraduate Courses:
US History Since 1865
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

Research/Creative Activity

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).