Elizabeth Bernstein

Associate Professor, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Sociology, Barnard College, Columbia University
Barnard College

Elizabeth Bernstein is Associate Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and of Sociology at Barnard College, Columbia University. With Janet Jakobsen, she currently serves as co-director of the Barnard Center for Research on Women’s project on Gender, Justice, and Neoliberal Transformations, a comparative and synthetic interdisciplinary project comprising researchers from ten countries. She is the author of Temporarily Yours: Intimacy, Authenticity, and the Commerce of Sex (University of Chicago Press, 2007), which received two distinguished book awards from the American Sociological Association as well as the 2009 Norbert Elias Prize. Her current book project is Brokered Subjects: Sex, Trafficking, and the Politics of Freedom, also forthcoming from the University of Chicago Press, which explores the convergence of feminist, neoliberal, and evangelical Christian interests in the shaping of contemporary global policies surrounding the traffic in women. This research has received support from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, the Mellon Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the American Association of University Women, and the Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy at Columbia University.