J. A. Bernstein's stories and essays have appeared or are forthcoming in Shenandoah, World Literature Today, Tin House Online, Kenyon Review Online, and other journals. He is also the fiction editor for Tikkun.
- A.B. History, Brown University, 2001
- M.A. English (Creative Writing), University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007
- Asst. Lect., University of Illinois-Chicago,
- Coordinator, Asst. Lect., USC,
Summary Statement of Research Interests
My dissertation traces the rise of "animal rights" as a movement, finding its origin in Modernist Britain, particularly in the war writings of Wilfred Owen, Siegfried Sassoon, and some of the lesser-known writers of the period.
Modernist and Late Victorian British Literature; war writing; Conrad; animal rights and ecology.
- "Writing War: A Workshop for Veterans." Military Experience Symposium, Lexington, KY., 7/2012
- "Why Hitchens Matters: Reappraising the Occupy Movement". CSULB Conference on the Occupy Movement., 5/2012
- “War Writing, Travel Writing, and Arabia: T. E. Lawrence.” Panel on Britain and the Middle East. Annual MLA Conference, Los Angeles., 12/2010
- “‘Where Horse and Hero Fell’: Tennyson, Owen, and the Death of the Human Exception.” The Emergence of the Posthuman Subject: An Interdisciplinary Conference at the University of Surrey. London, 2010
- “Realist Fiction in the Post-Modern Era: James Jones’ Document.” Conference on the Life and Writing of James Jones. Embarras Valley Film Festival. Eastern IL Univ., Charleston, IL. Sept. 2007
- “On Fighting in Jenin.” The Truth About the Fact: East Coast Publication Salon. New York, NY. May, 2009
Honors and Awards
McCorkle Scholarship at Sewanee Writers' Conference, 7/2013-8/2013
James Jones First Novel Prize, Finalist, 2012-2013
Gold Family Fellowship, 2011-2012
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, 2011-2012
John Gunyon Contest in Literary Nonfiction, Winner, 2009-2010
Middleton Fellowship, 2007-2009
The Atlantic Student Writing Contest, Hon. Men., Fiction and Non-Fiction, 2008-2009
Fulbright Award, 2001-2002