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Name: Lee Bernstein
Academic Rank: Professor
Department: History

Expertise Keywords: American Immigration, Interpretations of American History, Postwar America, Prisons and Prisoners in the U.S., Recent American History, U.S. Foreign Policy Since 1900, U.S. History Since 1865, U.S. Since Watergate

Available For: interviews, essays, speaking

Currrent Research: Lee Bernstein's research and writing focus on crime and incarceration in U.S. history.

Contact Information

Office Phone: 845-257-2683
E-mail Address: bernstel@newpaltz.edu


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


America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s. (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010).

The Greatest Menace: Organized Crime in Cold War America. Culture, Politics, and the Cold War Series. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 2002; Paperback 2009).

“The Hudson Valley School of Incarceration: Sing Sing Prison in Antebellum New York,” American Nineteenth Century History Vol. 14, No. 3 (2013), 261-282.

“Galley Forge: The Queen’s Galley and Their Royal Battle Against Food Insecurity.” Edible Hudson Valley. (Summer 2012).

“Correctional Dining: Prison Food in the Hudson Valley.” Edible Hudson Valley. (Summer 2010), 30-35.

““What did Apalachin Prove?: Looking for the Mafia in Cold War Politics and Culture.” Trends in Organized Crime. Volume 10, No. 4. (December 2007), 3-15.

“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).

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

"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).

“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).

"'… 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).

"'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).

"Capone's Old Town: Italian American 'Mobsters,' Racial Desegregation, and the Cicero Riots of 1951." Chapter in Shades of Black and White: Conflict and Collaboration Between Two Communities. Dan Ashyk, ed. (AIHA [American Italian Historical Association] Conference Proceedings, 1999).

“George Jackson.” American National Biography. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).

African Americans and the Criminal Justice System. One volume in the multivolume electronic series, The Black Experience in the Western Hemisphere. (New York: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library and Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest Information and Learning Company, 2009).

“Criminal Justice.” (essay entry). Encyclopedia of African American Culture and History. Second Edition. Colin Palmer, General Editor. (Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan Reference, 2006).

"Mafia." Conspiracy Theories in American History: An Encyclopedia. Peter Knight, ed. (Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC-CLIO, 2003).