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Curriculum Vitae

2017    Ph.D., Geography, University of Hawai’i Manoa
2011    M.S., Science Education, Montana State University
2005    M.A., Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara
2001    B.S., The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

Dr. Jennifer Bernstein is a lecturer with the Spatial Sciences Institute in the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Bernstein’s research interests are in American environmentalism, Western American environmental history, online teaching and learning, and California geography. She currently serves as the chair of the Distance Learning Subcommittee for the Association of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Her doctoral dissertation topic at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa was on developing a quantitative metric to assess contemporary environmental worldviews.

Prior to joining the USC Spatial Sciences Institute, she was on the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara City College, and Hawaii Pacific University, where she developed and taught residential and online geography courses. Previously, she worked at the political strategy firm American Environics, where she served as senior data analyst, and has worked as a field and restoration ecologist.

Jennifer lives in upstate New York, but her heart resides in California.

Selected Works:

Proctor, J.D., Bernstein, J., Brick, P., Brush, E., Caplow, S., Foster, K., 2018. Environmental engagement in troubled times: a manifesto. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. March.

Bernstein, J. 2017. Mother Earth and Earth Mothers: Why Environmentalism has a Gender Problem. Breakthrough Journal. June.

Bernstein, J. 2017. Vickers Hot Springs: Ecotopia or Tragedy of the Commons? Case Studies in the Environment, 1(1), 1-6. April.

Bernstein, J. 2016. Climate Change, Industrial Solar, and the Globalized Local in Joshua Tree, California. Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Yearbook. Vol. 78.

Proctor, J., Wallace, R., Bernstein, J. 2015. Unsettling the ESS Curriculum. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences Mini-Symposium: Status Quo, Conflict, and Innovation in the ESS Curriculum. Spring 2015.

Proctor, J., Bernstein, J. 2013. Environmental connections and concept mapping: Implementing a new learning technology at Lewis and Clark College. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences.

Courses Taught:

SSCI 581: Concepts of Spatial Thinking
SSCI 594a: Master’s Thesis
Physical Geography
Human Geography
Earth Sciences