Shana Bernstein

Shana Bernstein

Shana Bernstein is an Associate Professor (Clinical) of Legal Studies and American Studies at Northwestern University, where she teaches courses on race and ethnicity, immigration, health, civil rights, and the U.S. West. 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 a project on environmental health reform in twentieth-century California. She is a former Public Voices Fellow with Northwestern's OpEd Project and a former Mellon postdoctoral fellow in Latino studies, also at Northwestern. Before joining the Northwestern faculty, she was an associate professor of history at Southwestern University.

Lectures

  • 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