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Joshua Bernstein

Joshua Bernstein

Assistant Professor


J. A. Bernstein is the author of Rachel’s Tomb, which won the A.W.P. Award Series Novel Prize and Hackney Award; Desert Castles, which won the Wilhelmus Prize at Southern Indiana Review; Northern Cowboy, which won the Wilt Prize, and a forthcoming chapbook, Glass Essays. His stories, poems, and essays have appeared in about a hundred journals and anthologies, including Kenyon Review, Tin House, The Threepenny Review, McSweeney’s, Washington Square, Shenandoah, Boston Review, Northwest Review, Notre Dame Review, and Chicago Quarterly. His academic articles have appeared in The Conradian, Western American Literature, and other venues, and won the Harkness Award from the Joseph Conrad Society of America. A Chicago-native and former Fulbright Scholar, he is Director of Graduate Studies in English at USM and the fiction editor of Tikkun. For a list of publications, see:

  • PHD - University of Southern California (2014)
  • MA - University of Illinois at Chicago (2007)
  • BA - Brown University (2001)

English 203: World Literature
English 321: Intermediate Fiction Writing
English 421: Advanced Fiction Writing
English 669: Graduate Literature Seminar: Environmental Ethics in Joseph Conrad and Thomas Hardy
English 641: Graduate Research Methods
English 721: Graduate Fiction Writing
English 723: Graduate Creative Nonfiction Writing

  • RACHEL'S TOMB: A Novel, 2019
  • In the Lake, Before Dark, CutBank, 2020
  • A Report from the Academy, Washington Square Review, 2020
  • “A Paradise of Snakes”, Conrad and Nature, 2018, 10.4324/9781315181110-9
  • The Fall of Washington, Notre Dame Review, 2020
  • Application of E. Hemingway to the University of Idaho, Tin House (web), 2013
  • "Summoning Roethke", Epiphany, 2020
  • “Where “Beasts’ Spirits Wail”: Rosenberg, Sassoon and the Emergence of Animal Philosophy", Otherness: Essays and Studies, 2021
  • Association of Writers & Writing Programs
  • Modern Language Association
  • Joseph Conrad Society of America
  • The Joseph Conrad Society (UK)
  • Arabic (Professional Working)
  • Hebrew (Professional Working)
  • French (Full Professional)

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Areas of Expertise

Creative Writing – Prose; British Modernism; Joseph Conrad