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Michael Alan Bernstein

michael bernsteinProvost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Michael Alan Bernstein was reappointed Stony Brook University Provost on July 1, 2020, after serving for 11 months as the Interim President.

He had served as Provost since October 2016, where he oversaw numerous initiatives aimed at supporting the University’s missions in research, scholarship, art-making, and teaching. He laid special emphasis on measures enhancing diversity and inclusion.

Interim President Bernstein's teaching and research interests focus on the economic and political history of the United States, macroeconomic theory, industrial organization economics, and the history of economic theory.

His publications explore the connections between political and economic processes in modern industrial societies, as well as the interaction of economic knowledge and professional expertise with those processes as a whole. Along with numerous articles and anthology chapters, Interim President Bernstein has published four volumes:  The Great Depression: Delayed Recovery and Economic Change in America, 1929-1939 (Cambridge University Press, 1987);  Understanding American Economic Decline [co-edited with David Adler] (Cambridge University Press, 1994);  The Cold War and Expert Knowledge: New Essays on the History of the National Security State  [co-edited with Allen Hunter] (a special issue of the  Radical History Review 63 (Fall, 1995); and  A Perilous Progress: Economists and Public Purpose in Twentieth Century America (Princeton University Press, 2001).

A former Fulbright Scholar at Christ’s College (Cambridge University), Interim President Bernstein has held research grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, and the Economic History Association. In addition, he has been an Andrew Mellon Fellow at the National Humanities Center and has held a Residency Fellowship at Sophia University (Tokyo, Japan) under the joint auspices of the Organization of American Historians and the Japanese Association for American Studies. More recently, he received the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of California, San Diego.

Interim President Bernstein has also been active in broader professional activities as exemplified by his service as Program Chair for the Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, Co-Convenor of the Economic History Association Dissertation Prize Competition, Chair of the Committee on Research in Economic History of the Economic History Association, Member of the Academic Advisory Committee of the American Studies Program of the American Council of Learned Societies, and as Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Economic History.

Interim President Bernstein came to Stony Brook from Tulane University, where he served as the John Christie Barr Professor of History and Economics and Provost and Chief Academic Officer from 2007 through 2016.


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