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About the Provost

Provost Michael Bernstein

Michael Bernstein was appointed Tulane's 11th Provost in July of 2007.  He came to Tulane from the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), where he served as the Dean of Arts and Humanities and as a Professor of History.  At Tulane, he also holds appointment as the John Christie Barr Professor of History and as Professor of Economics.

Professor 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, 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), Professor 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, Bernstein received the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award of the University of California, San Diego.

At UCSD, Professor Bernstein served as Department Chair in History for six years, after which time, he subsequently took up duties as Chair of the Academic Senate of his home campus. He also participated in the work of the UCSD Chancellor’s Diversity Council, the Advisory Board of the UCSD Women’s Center, the Advisory Committee of the UCSD Office of Sexual Harassment Prevention and Policy, and of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women.

Professor 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.

In our local community, Professor Bernstein is a member and currently President of the Governing Board of the Hillel Foundation of New Orleans, member and currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, and member of the Governing Board of the Tulane University Healthcare System.



Curriculum Vitae



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University Provosts and Their Terms of Service

Name

Academic Field(s)

Years of Service

Michael A. Bernstein

History and Economics

2007-Present

Paul L. Barron (Interim Provost)

Law

2006-2007

Lester A. Lefton

Psychology

2001-2006

Paul L. Barron (Interim Provost)

Law

2000-2001

Martha W. Gilliland

Environmental Engineering

1997-2000

Eamon M. Kelly (Interim Provost)

Economics

1996-1997

James F. Kilroy

English

1991-1996

James F. Kilroy (Interim Provost)

English

1990-1991

Francis Leo Lawrence *

French

1982-1990

Francis Leo Lawrence *
(Interim Provost)


French


1981-1982

Frank Thomas Birtel

Mathematics

1979-1981

S. Frederick Starr
(Academic Vice President)


History


1980-1981

Frank Thomas Birtel (Interim Provost)

Mathematics

1978-1979

Robert Bocking Stevens

Law

1976-1978

David Russell Deener

Political Science

1967-1976

Clarence Scheps
(Executive Vice President)


Business Administration


1965-1967

Maxwell Edward Lapham

Medicine

1963-1965

Robert Mayer Lumiansky +

English

1960-1963

Fred Carrington Cole
(Academic Vice President)


History


1954-1959

 
 
* - Tulane University Alumnus
+ - Position Vacant 1959-1960

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