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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

Jennifer Bernstein, Ph.D., is the Academic Liaison for the Breakthrough Institute and Editor-in-Chief of Case Studies in the Environment.

She was a lecturer with the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences from 2017-2022.

Bernstein’s research interests are in American environmentalism, Western American environmental history, online teaching and learning and California geography. In particular, she analyzes and addresses environmental problems and social justice issues through interdisciplinary frameworks.

Here's what Jenn has to say:
Dornsife Dialogues: "Nuclear Energy: Should it Power Our Cities?"'


"Why 'acting locally' is impossible in an interconnected world"
"Yes, GPS apps make you worse at navigating--but that's OK"
"Panic like it's 1999: Why aren't we tackling climate change like we did Y2K?"

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.

Since 2014, she has been serving as the Online and Blended Learning Committee Chair of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences and has been a member of the Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences since 2011.


Selected Works:

Bernstein, J. M., & Vos, R. O. 2021. SDG12-Sustainable Consumption and Production: A Revolutionary Challenge for the 21st Century. Emerald Group Publishing.

Bernstein, J., Audras, C., Dalisay, C., Swift, J. 2021. A Multi-disciplinary Undergraduate Pedagogical Experience Looking at Attitudes Towards Solar Development in the Mojave Desert. In Pedagogy - Challenges, Recent Advances, New Perspectives, and Applications. IntechOpen Press.

Szuster, B., Cecil, W., Bernstein, J. 2021. Shrimp Aquaculture, Community Supported Fisheries, and Seafood Tourism in Southeast Asia. Journal of Southeast Asian Studies.

Marder, C., Bernstein, J. 2020. The Role of Precision in Spatial Narratives: Using a Modified Discourse Quality Index to Measure the Quality of Deliberative Spatial Data. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing.

Bernstein, J., Kemp, K. 2020. The Role of Spatial Science in Environmental Case Studies: A Special Issue from the University of Southern California. Case Studies in the Environment.

Bernstein, J. (Dis)agreement over what? The challenge of quantifying environmental worldviews. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences, February 15, 2020.

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

Bernstein, J.M., Szuster, B. & Philips, L., Assessing the Diversity of Contemporary Environmentalism: Time for a New Paradigm. International Journal of Environmental Research, 11, 641-652, 2017.

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

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

Bernstein, J., Climate Change, Industrial Solar, and the Globalized Local in Joshua Tree, California. Association of Pacific Coast Geographers Yearbook, 78, 2017.

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, 5(2), 195-199, 2015.