Leslie Fishbein is professor emerita in American Studies and Jewish Studies and was an affiliated faculty member of Jewish Studies, Urban Studies, and Women's Studies.
Her book, for which she won the New York State Historical Association Manuscript Award, Rebels in Bohemia: The Radicals of The Masses, 1911-1917, is a study of the simultaneous, and often schizophrenic, commitments to socialism, anarchism, syndicalism, Freudianism, feminism, and bohemians of radicals who lived in Greenwich Village during the Teens and published a socialist literary and political magazine. Her research interests have included documentary film, the history of social deviance, film and history, and Women's Studies. She currently is at work on a book on the self-representation of prostitutes and madams.
In 1986-1987 Fishbein served as a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Haifa in Israel. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Rutgers New Jersey Jewish Film Festival since its inception and is a lecturer for the New Jersey Council for the Humanities.
Her teaching interests included the history of deviance, the culture of American women, New York metropolitan culture, the history of Freudianism in America, Greenwich Village, the history of sexuality, the culture of the Sixties, the history of childhood, and Jewish-American women's self-representation in memoirs and film.