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Bornstein, Avram

Associate Professor


9.63.18 NB

PhD            Columbia University   

MA              Columbia University

1992, 1994  Birzeit University, Ramallah Overseas Summer Program

1988-1989   Hebrew University, Jerusalem Overseas One-Year Program

BA               Beloit College 

Avram Bornstein teaches 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 over two decades 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 the psycho-cultural elements of policing in New York City, with particular attention to community policing, police ethnicity and police education. In addition to his scholarly activities on these topics, Bornstein regularly performs tolerance and bridge-building work with students and community based organizations. Bornstein is also an active member of the Professional Staff Congress (PSC) which represents CUNY’s faculty and professional staff. He serves as the College Chapter’s Contract Enforcement Officer, as a member of the Chapter’s Executive Committee and as a representative to the PSC Delegate Assembly. - Click here to listen to Audio Interview


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