Bernard has a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Physics from Occidental College, Los
Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University, Tempe. His dissertation
research involved applying new theories and cutting-edge technologies to American Indian
village sites from southwestern Pennsylvania, many excavated during the 1930s by New Deal
archaeologists. Bernard’s scholarly pursuits include reconstructing American Indian village life
from cross-cultural studies of village spatial and social organizations, the research potential of
archaeological collections, and the history of archaeology across the Americas, especially
during the Great Depression. He is the author of Circular Villages of the Monongahela
Tradition (2007) and editor of and contributor to the Shovel Ready: Archaeology and
Roosevelt’s New Deal for America (2013), as well as numerous articles on the Monongahela
tradition, New Deal archaeology, and applications of three-dimensional (3-D) scanning and
printing to archaeology, especially public outreach. Currently, Bernard is an Assistant Professor
of Anthropology at the School of World Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and
Director of the Virtual Curation Laboratory. In the Virtual Curation Laboratory his students, under
his direction, are creating 3-D digital models of historical, archaeological and paleontological
objects used for teaching, research, and public outreach from across the Americas as well as
northern India.