Michael A. Bernstein

Retired, Stony Brook University
ACAO Advisory Council Member

Michael A. BernsteinMichael A. Bernstein served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Stony Brook University from October 2016 through October 2021. During the 2019-2020 academic year, he was appointed the University’s Interim President, bringing it capably and resolutely through the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Bernstein came to Stony Brook from Tulane University, where he had been the John Christie Barr Professor of History and Economics and the University Provost from 2007 to 2016. While at Tulane, Bernstein was part of a senior leadership team that led the institution’s extraordinary and innovative recovery from the catastrophe of Hurricane Katrina. A former Fulbright Scholar at Christ’s College-Cambridge, Bernstein studied economics at Yale University, where he received his undergraduate and graduate degrees. 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.