Annette Bernhardt is a Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute, a visiting professor at the UC Berkeley sociology department, and a visiting researcher at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment. She was formerly policy co-director of the National Employment Law Project, where she coordinated policy analysis and research support for campaigns around living wage jobs, enforcement of workers’ rights, and accountable development. Previously she was also a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation and deputy director of the poverty program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law.
A leading scholar of low-wage work, Bernhardt has helped develop and analyze innovative policy responses to economic restructuring in the United States. She was one of the principal investigators of the landmark study "Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers," which documented high rates of minimum wage, overtime, and other workplace violations in the low-wage labor market. She has also been a leader in collaborating with immigrant worker centers and unions to develop innovative models of community-based research. Her current research tracking the low-wage recovery and growing inequality has received widespread media coverage.
Dr. Bernhardt’s most recent book is the co-edited The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market. Previous books include Low-Wage America: How Employers Are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace and Divergent Paths: Economic Mobility in the New American Labor Market. She has also published widely in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, and the Journal of Labor Economics, among others. Her awards include Princeton University’s Richard A. Lester Prize for the Outstanding Book in Labor Economics and Industrial Relations and Cornell University’s Center for the Study of Inequality Distinguished Book Award, among others. Bernhardt received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1993.