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Shana Bernstein

Clinical Associate Professor

Ph.D., Stanford University
Curriculum Vitae

Shana Bernstein (Ph.D., Stanford University) specializes in 20th Century U.S. History, particularly comparative race and ethnicity. Before joining Northwestern’s faculty, she was Associate Professor of History at Southwestern University in Texas. She is a Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians and has won fellowships from the Mellon Foundation and the Huntington Library, among other institutions. Her first book, Bridges of Reform: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles (Oxford University Press, 2011), reinterprets U.S. civil rights activism by revealing its roots in the interracial efforts of Mexican, Jewish, African, and Japanese Americans in mid-century Los Angeles, and showing how the early Cold War facilitated, rather than derailed, some forms of activism.

Prof Bernstein is currently researching in the field of environmental history, including environmental justice. The Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era recently published an article on this new work, 'Health Activism from the Bottom Up: Progressive Era Immigrant Chicagoans’ Views on Germ Theory, Environmental Health, and Class Inequality' (April 2018). She has an article, “'True Sustainability’: An Environmental, Worker, and Consumer History of Organic Strawberry Farming in 1990s California,” Agricultural History, forthcoming in Agricultural History  (Summer 2021).

Courses Taught

  • Legal_St 305 American Immigration
  • Legal_St 376 Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the 20th Century U.S.
  • Legal_St 376/Asian_Am 220 Japanese American "Internment"

Selected Publications