Graduate Student Profile

Joshua Bernstein

Status: ABD

Contact Information


Biographical Sketch

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

Employment History

  • Asst. Lect., University of Illinois-Chicago, 2005 - 2007
  • Coordinator, Asst. Lect., USC, 2010 - 2012


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.

Research Specialties

  • Modernist and Late Victorian British Literature; war writing; Conrad; animal rights and ecology.

Conference Presentations

  • "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   



  • USC Dornsife Department of English
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Taper Hall of Humanities 404
  • University Park
  • Los Angeles, CA 90089-0354
  • Fax: (213) 741-0377