Prof. Roslyn BernsteinRoslyn Bernstein

Phone: (646) 312-3974


During her more than four-decade career at Baruch College, Professor Roslyn Bernstein (Professor Emerita, Department of Journalism) served as the director of the undergraduate journalism program, founded and was the  adviser and publisher of Dollars & Sense, Baruch's prize-winning online magazine for over 20 years, and was the founding director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, from 1998-2011, a unique literary salon that brings a different distinguished writer to campus each semester. Since its founding in 1998, more than 30 Harman writers have come to Baruch, including the poets Yehuda Amichai, Agha Shahid Ali, Major Jackson and Charles Simic; the playwrights Edward Albee and Tony Kushner; the novelists Paul Auster, Anita Desai, Jhumpa Lahiri, Colum McCann, Joseph O'Connor, Francine Prose and John Edgar Wideman, and the authors/journalists, Philip Gourevitch, William Finnegan, Jane Kramer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and George Packer.

Keenly interested in New York City urban issues, Professor Bernstein taught a range of courses in journalism and creative writing including Perspectives on the News, Journalistic Writing, Feature Article Writing, Narrative Nonfiction Writing, and Journalism and the Literary Imagination. She has also taught feature writing and a travel writing workshop at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

A recipient of Baruch's Distinguished Teaching and Service Awards as well as the Faculty Service Award from the Baruch College Alumni Association, Bernstein earned a B.A. in political science from Brandeis University Summa Cum Laude and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English with honors from New York University.

As a journalist, Bernstein publishes news and feature articles, catalogue essays and opinion pieces on education, neighborhood development, media, culture and the arts. Her published work includes stories on art and economics, corporate art collections, gallery exhibits, housing for artists, nonprofits and startups, as well as profiles of individual artists, curators, museum directors, educators and business leaders.

She has reported from the United States, Eastern Europe, Israel and China for publications including The New York Times, Newsday, The Village Voice, New York, Parents, Contemporanea, American Banker, Artnews and the Columbia Journalism Review. Her online reporting appears in TabletThe Huffington Post, Tikkun, Artslant, Art Critical and Guernica.

Bernstein is the co-author of Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo, a biography of the first artists' live-work building in SoHo created by Fluxus visionary George Maciunas. The book was published in conjunction with an exhibit at the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center in Vilnius, Lithuania. She is also the author of Boardwalk Stories, a collection of 14 linked tales spanning the decades 1950 to 1970. She is currently working on a novel set in Jerusalem in 1961 during the Adolf Eichmann trial.

Recent Online Journalism: 
1. Charlotte Moorman Exposed

2. In the Shadow of Auschwitz

3. Coloring the Grey Zone

Video: Teaching Arts in New York City 
A Seminar for Macaulay Honors Students at Baruch College

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