Avram Bornstein

Avram Bornstein

Avram Bornstein
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PhD            Columbia University   

MA              Columbia University

BA               Beloit College 


Avram Bornstein is the Interim Dean of Graduate Studies. Until recently he was the Director of the Criminal Justice Master of Arts Program and co-Director of the NYPD Leadership Program at John Jay. Before his recent appointment, he taught in John Jay’s undergraduate and graduate programs and in the Anthropology Ph.D. program at the CUNY Graduate Center. His research and teaching focus on violence and ethnic conflict. He has done extensive ethnographic research in Israel-Palestine and published on issues such as border enforcement, work, political prisoners, healthcare, international intervention and ethnographic reflexivity. In recent years, Bornstein has also focused on New York City, with particular attention to community policing, police ethnicity and police education. Click here to listen to Audio Interview



Scholarly Work

A. Books

2002. Crossing the Green Line between the West Bank and Israel, University of Pennsylvania Press: Philadelphia.

B. Guest Edited Issues of Refereed Journal

2009. N30+10: Global Civil Society a Decade after the Battle of Seattle. Dialectical Anthropology Vol. 33, No. 2. (Contributions by Stanley Aronowitz, Deeadra Brown, Hilary Cunningham, Paul Durrenberger, Marc Edelman, and Ron Hayduk,)

C. Journal Articles and Book Chapters

In Press. “Anthropological Lessons for Police.” The Anthropology of Police. Kevin Karpiak and William Garriott, eds.

2016. Co-authors Anthony Marcus, Ric Curtis, Sarah Rivera, & Rachel Swaner. "Tell It to the Judge: A Community Court and Procedural Justice in Brooklyn." Political and Legal Anthropology Review (Polar).

2015. “Institutional Racism, Numbers Management, and Zero-Tolerance Policing in New York City.” North American Dialogue Vol. 18, No. 2, 51-62.

2012. Co-authors Sophine Charles, Jannette Domingo and Carmen Solis. "Critical Race Theory Meets the NYPD: an Assessment of Anti-racist Pedagogy for Police in New York City." Journal of Criminal Justice Education Vol. 23, No. 2, 174‑204.

2010. "Palestinian Prison Ontologies." Dialectical Anthropology Vol. 34, No. 4, 459-472.

2010. "Policing terrorism in New York City post 9/11." Pakistan Journal of Criminology Vol. 2, No. 1, 17-28.

2010. "Hasbara, Health Care and the Israeli Occupied Palestinian Territories." In The War Machine and Global Health: A Critical Medical Anthropological Examination of the Human Costs of Armed Conflict and the International Violence Industry. Pgs. 209-240. Merrill Singer and G. Derrick Hodge, editors. Altamira Press: Lanham, MD

2009. "Three Myths Cloaking the Violence of Occupation." Anthropology Now Vol. 1, No. 2, 59-72.

2009. "N30+10: Global Civil Society a Decade after the Battle of Seattle." Dialectical Anthropology Vol. 33, No. 2, 97-108.

2009. "In-Betweenness and Crumbled Hopes in Palestine: the Global in the Local of the Occupied Territories." Dialectical Anthropology Vol. 33, No. 2, 175-200.

2008.  "Military Occupation as Carceral Society: Prisons, Checkpoints and Walls in the Israeli-Palestinian Struggle." Social Analysis Vol. 52, No. 2, 106-130.

2005.  "Antiterrorist Policing in New York City after 9/11: Comparing Perspectives on a Complex Process." Human Organization Vol. 64, No. 1, 52-61.

2002.  "Borders and the Utility of Violence: State Effects on the >Superexpoitation= of West Bank Palestinians." Critique of Anthropology Vol. 22, No. 2, 201-220.

2001.  "Border Enforcement in Daily Life: Palestinian Day Laborers and Entrepreneurs Crossing the Green Line." Human Organization Vol. 60, No. 3, 298-307.

2001.  "Ethnography and the Politics of Prisoners in Palestine-Israel." Journal of Comparative Ethnography Vol. 30, No. 5, 546-574.

Research Summary

2003 PSC-CUNY Grant “Blood and Redemption: Violence in the Palestinian West Bank” 2001 Dispute Resolution Committee Research Grant “Martyrdom in the Palestinian West Bank” 2001 PSC-CUNY Grant “American Dreaming in the Palestinian West Bank” 1999 PSC-CUNY Grant “Border Struggles in the Palestinian West Bank” 1994 Fulbright-Hayes Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship “Nation and Class in Two Palestinian Villages” 1994 Social Science Research Council Near and Middle East Dissertation Research Grant “Nation and Class in Two Palestinian Villages” 1993 Sheldon Scheps’ Summer Research Fellowship 1992 Sheldon Scheps’ Summer Research Fellowship

Area of Expertise

Faculty Expertise: topics/keywords

Community Policing; Police Training; Race Relations; Israeli Palestinian Conflict; Borders; Political Violence; Political Prisoners; Social Movements

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