Anya Bernstein received her J.D. from Yale Law School, where she spent much of her time working at the Civil Liberties & National Security Clinic. She served as a law clerk to Judge Guido Calabresi of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School before joining the UB School of Law faculty.
Before law school, Bernstein received a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Chicago. Her dissertation, Why “Taiwan is Too Democratic”: Administration, Legitimation, and Political Participation in Taipei, argued that democracy fails to legitimate political projects and laws in contemporary democratic Taiwan, and explored other forms of legitimation used by Taiwanese government administrators and political activists.
Bernstein’s research and teaching focus on the organization of the state and its relation to its subjects. Her research includes administrative law, national security, federal liability and federal jurisdiction, immigration, law and culture, and legality and political culture in Greater China.