Anya Bernstein graduated in 2010 from Yale Law School, where she spent much of her time working at the Civil Liberties & National Security Clinic. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Guido Calabresi of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Anya received a Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Chicago in 2007. Her dissertation, Why “Taiwan is Too Democratic”: Administration, Legitimation, and Political Participation in Taipei, documented how democracy fails to legitimate either political projects or laws in contemporary Taiwan, and explored other means of legitimation used by Taiwanese government administrators and political activists. She earned her B.A. from Columbia University in 1996.
Anya’s research focuses on the organization of governments and their relation to their subjects, both in the United States and in greater China. Her teaching interests include administrative law, jurisdiction, immigration, the relation of law and culture, and political culture in greater China.