Shana Bernstein is a Clinical Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Northwestern University, where she teaches courses on race and ethnicity, immigration, health, and civil rights. She is also a Public Voices Fellow with the university's Op Ed Project. Her research emphasizes twentieth-century urban social reform movements; her first book, Bridges of Reform: Interracial Civil Rights Activism in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles (2011), focused on collaborative civil rights activism among Jewish, Mexican, African, and Japanese Americans in Los Angeles. She is currently working on two projects, one exploring Progressive environmental justice campaigns in Chicago's working-class, immigrant neighborhoods, and the other interrogating Jewish Americans' role in shaping the American Century.
- Interracial Activism in the Los Angeles Community Service Organization: Linking the World War II and Civil Rights Eras
- Nazis, Red-Baiting, and Civil Rights: Jewish Americans' Emergence as Interracial Activists in Twentieth-Century Los Angeles
- The "Garbage Ladies" of the Settlements: Environmental Justice Reform in Progressive-Era Chicago