Roslyn Bernstein

Phone: (646) 312-3930
Location: VC 7-270


Keenly interested in New York City urban issues, Professor Roslyn Bernstein teaches 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 is also on the faculty of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.

During more than three decades at Baruch, Bernstein served as the director of the undergraduate journalism program. She founded and is now the publisher of Dollars & Sense, Baruch's prize-winning online magazine. Bernstein served for decades as director of the Sidney Harman Writer-in-Residence Program, a unique literary salon that brings a different distinguished writer to campus each semester. Since its founding in 1998, 28 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 Philip Gourevitch, William Finnegan, Jane Kramer, Adrian Nicole LeBlanc and George Packer.

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 and an M.A. and Ph.D. in English from New York University.

During her career as a journalist, Bernstein has published news and feature articles, catalogue essays and opinion pieces on education, neighborhood development, media, culture and the arts. Her published work includes stories on corporate art collections, nonprofits and startups, as well as profiles of individual artists, 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 has appeared in Tablet, The Huffington Post, Art Critical and Guernica, a magazine of art and politics.

Bernstein's latest book, Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo, is the biography of the first artists' live-work building in SoHo created by Fluxus visionary George Maciunas. It was published in June 2010 in conjunction with an exhibit at the Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center in Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2009, she published Boardwalk Stories, a collection of 14 linked tales spanning the decades 1950 to 1970.

Recent Online Journalism:
1. Where Artists Are Richer Than Doctors: Report from Havana
2. In the Land of Double Letters: Artists’ Housing and Studios in Scandinavia
3. Spying on Reality
Video: Teaching Arts in New York City
A Seminar for Macaulay Honors Students at Baruch College


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