Bernstein’s scholarly interests focus on the processes by which the United States political regime was invented, reinvented, ruptured and re-created over the long era of the Revolution and Founding through the Civil War and Reconstruction and the ways in which the traumas of slavery, race and war–and the representations of those traumas–shaped those dramas of creative destruction.
Professor of History, African and African American Studies, and American Culture Studies
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In the media
Did Firefighters Start or End 1863 Draft Riots — or Both?
Iver Bernstein, professor of history
‘We live within its structures’: Iver Bernstein on modern segregation
Iver Bernstein, PhD, director of American Culture Studies in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, discusses this fall’s Modern Segregation lecture/workshop series in the context of recent events in Ferguson, Mo., and the “urgent need for the university to be a university.”
From Jason Collins to Michael Sam: Examining ‘watershed’ moment in American sports
A symposium exploring social and cultural issues at the intersection of professional sports, race, gender and sexual identity will attract leading scholars and book authors to Washington University in St. Louis on April 11.
From ‘Ol’ Man River’ to 1960s rock, Hold That Thought tackles American identities
This fall, Hold That Thought, a weekly podcast series from Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, will continue to delve into current academic research by teaming up with WUSTL’s American Culture Studies program. Together, they are exploring the question of what it means to be an American, today and throughout the country’s history.
Washington People: Iver Bernstein
Historian Iver Bernstein, PhD, takes an exhaustive, interdisciplinary approach to any topic he studies. Colleagues say he asks the questions that no one else thinks to ask and brings fresh perspectives to the long-ago past. Bernstein is passionate about revealing unspoken or unremembered history that is suppressed in national stories. His book on The New York City Draft Riots is considered by some to be “the gold standard” on the topic.
Renowned African-American historian to be visiting scholar
Robin D.G. Kelley, Ph.D., one of the country’s pre-eminent scholars in African-American history, will serve as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University Feb. 28-March 1. Kelley, who is professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California, is a leading scholar of the modern civil rights movement, jazz studies and African-American music and culture.
Pre-eminent African-American studies historian to serve as Distinguished Visiting Scholar
Robin D.G. Kelley, Ph.D., one of the country’s pre-eminent scholars in African-American history, will serve as a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Washington University Feb. 28-March 1. During his visit, he will give two public talks. Kelley, who is professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California (USC), is a leading scholar of the modern civil rights movement, jazz studies and African-American music and culture.