1963-2013 - 50 years of Research for Social Change

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Elizabeth Bernstein

Former Collaborating Researcher

Elizabeth Bernstein worked with UNRISD on the project Religion, Gender and Politics (2007-2009). As part of this project, Bernstein wrote a country research report on the United States, and contributed the chapter “Sex, Secularism, and Religious Influence in the US Politics” to a special issue of Third World Quarterly entitled The Unhappy Marriage of Religion and Politics: Problems and Pitfalls for Gender Equality (2010).
Bernstein was, at the time of her collaboration with UNRISD, an Associate Professor of Women’s Studies and Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University (USA). She has a PhD from the University of California, Berkely (USA), and her research explores the convergence of feminist, neoliberal, and evangelical Christian interests in the shaping of contemporary U.S. policies around the traffic in women. Bernstein’s research and scholarship have been recognized by awards from the Institute for Advanced Study, the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, AAUW, the Mellon Foundation, and the American Sociological Association.

Notable publications by Elizabeth Bernstein include:

E. Bernstein. 2008. "Sexual Commerce and the Global Flow of Bodies, Desires, and Social Policies." Guest editor of special issue of Sexuality Research and Social Policy , vol. 5, no. 4.

E. Bernstein. 2007. "Buying and Selling the 'Girlfriend Experience': The Social and Subjective Contours of Market Intimacy," in Mark Padilla, Richard Parker et. al. (eds.). Love and Globalization: Transformations of Intimacy in the Contemporary World. Vanderbilt University Press.

E. Bernstein and L. Schaffner (eds.). 2005. Regulating Sex: The Politics of Intimacy and Identity, Routledge