Robert M. Bernstein
Robert M. Bernstein is a religious-liberty fellow at the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C. He received his A.B. in Religion from Princeton University, where he studied religion in America and religion and civil society. His senior thesis received Princeton's Isidore and Helen Sacks Memorial Prize for outstanding senior thesis in Religion. At Princeton, Bernstein was an undergraduate research fellow at the Center for the Study of Religion and participated in the center's graduate Religion and Public Life Workshop. He was also president of the University Press Club, an 110-year-old undergraduate freelance-journalism association that reports for a variety of local, regional and national news outlets.
After graduating in 2008, Bernstein spent a year on a Princeton-in-Asia fellowship, living and working at a traditional Japanese Buddhist temple in Tokyo, where he studied the role of religion in Japanese civil society. He also has examined religious-liberty issues in Europe, where he worked in the French Senate's Department of International Relations to help establish a dialogue on religious freedom with parliament members from democratically developing states.