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Name: Lee Bernstein
Academic Rank: Associate Professor
Department: History

Expertise Keywords: 1945-Present, American History, Cold War America, History of Crime, History of Immigration., History of Prisons, Punishment

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-2683
E-mail Address: bernstel@newpaltz.edu
Personal Web Site: http://www.newpaltz.edu/history/leebernstein.html


Hobart and William Smith Colleges BA 1989
University of Minnesota Ph.D. 1997


Book. America is the Prison: Art and Politics in Prison in the 1970s. (Chapel Hall: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

Book. The Greatest Menace: Organized Crime in Cold War America. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002).

Article. "Correctional Dining: Prison Food in the Hudson Valley." Edible Hudson Valley. (Summer 2010).

Article. “The Age of Jackson: George Jackson and the Culture of American Prisons in the 1970s.” The Journal of American Culture. Vol. 30, No. 3 (September 2007), 310-323.

"Prison Writers and the Black Arts Movement," Chapter in New Thoughts on the Black Arts Movement. Lisa Gail Collins and Margo Crawford, eds. (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2006).

Book Chapter. "Jack Henry Abbott." Famous American Crimes and Trials, Steve Chermak and Frankie Bailey, eds. (New York: Praeger, 2004).

Book Chapter. "The Avengers of Christie Street: Crime, Race, and Class in Mike Gold's Jews Without Money." The Novel and the American Left: Critical Essays on Depression-Era Fiction. Janet Galligani Casey, ed. (Iowa City, Ia.: University of Iowa Press, 2004).

Book Chapter. "Screens and Bars: Confronting Cinema Representations of Race and Crime," Chapter in Reversing the Lens: Ethnicity, Race, Gender, and Sexuality through Film, Lane Hirabayashi and Jun Xing, eds. (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 2003).

Book Chapter. "'Give Me Death': Capital Punishment and the Limits of American Citizenship." States of Confinement: Policing, Detention, and Prisons, Joy James, ed. (New York: St. Martins, 2000; Paperback edition, New York: Palgrave, 2002).

Book Chapter. "'Unlucky' Luciano: Fear of Crime during the Cold War." Fear Itself: Enemies Real and Imagined in American Culture, Nancy Schultz, ed. (West Lafayette, Ind.: Purdue University Press, 1999).