Annette Bernhardt

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Visiting Professor
Research Interests: 
Economic inequality; labor markets; immigration; public policy; social movements; methods
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, 2521 Channing Way, Room 321
Curriculum Vitae: 

Annette Bernhardt is a visiting professor at the UC Berkeley sociology department, as well as a visiting researcher at the Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.  She is also a fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.  Previously she was 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.

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. 

Professor Bernhardt’s most recent book is the co-edited The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's 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.  Bernhardt received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1993.

Representative Publications: 



2008. The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market.  With Heather Boushey, Laura Dresser and Chris Tilly (eds.).  Cornell University Press.

2003. Low-Wage America: How Employers are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace.  With Eileen Appelbaum and Richard Murnane (eds.).  Russell Sage Foundation.

2001. Divergent Paths: Economic Mobility in the New American Labor Market.  With Martina Morris, Mark Handcock, and Marc Scott.  Russell Sage Foundation.

Recent academic publications:

2013. “Employers Gone Rogue: Explaining Industry Variation in Violations of Workplace Laws.” Industrial and Labor Relations Review 66(4). With Michael Spiller and Nik Theodore.

2013. “All Work and No Pay: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America’s Biggest Cities.” Social Forces doi: 10.1093/sf/sos193.With Michael Spiller and Diana Polson. 

2012. “The Role of Labor Market Regulation in Rebuilding Economic Opportunity in the U.S.” Work and Occupations 39(4):354-75.

2012.  “Under the Radar: Tracking the Violation of Labor Standards in Low-Wage Industries in the U.S.” Pp. 208-233 in C. Warhurst, F. CarrĂ©, P. Findlay and C. Tilly, eds., Are Bad Jobs Inevitable? Trends, Determinants, and Responses to Job Quality in the Twenty-First Century.  England: Palgrave Macmillan. With Nik Theodore and James DeFilippis.

2010. “Government Paves the Way: A Decent Work Agenda for the Obama Administration.” Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law  31(2). With Paul Sonn.

2010. “Working at the Wage Floor: Hotel Room Attendants and Labor Market Institutions in Europe and the United States.” Pp. 269-318 in J. Gautie and J. Schmitt, eds., Low-Wage Work in the Wealthy World. New York: Russell Sage Foundation.  With Achim Vanselow, Chris Warhurst, and Laura Dresser.

2008.  “On the Characteristics and Organization of Unregulated Work in American Cities.” Urban Geography 29(8):1-29.  With James DeFilippis, Nina Martin,and Siobhan McGrath.

Recent policy research

2012. The Low-Wage Recovery and Growing Inequality. National Employment Law Project, New York, NY.

2011. The Good Jobs Deficit: A Closer Look at Recent Job Loss and Job Growth Trends Using Occupational Data. National Employment Law Project, New York, NY.

2009. Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers:  Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America’s Cities. Multiple authors. Center for Urban Economic Development at UIC, National Employment Law Project, and UCLA Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.

2008. When Work Doesn’t Pay: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in New York State. Multiple authors. National Employment Law Project, New York, NY.

2007. Unregulated Work in the Global City: Employment and Labor Law Violations in New York City. WIth Siobhan McGrath and James DeFilippis. Brennan Center for Justice, New York, NY.

Recent opinion writing

A New Dawn for Labor DayThe Berkeley Blog and BeyondChron

Will Immigration Reform Work for the U.S. Economy?”  Huffington Post (June 27, 2013, with Haeyoung Yoon)

Raising the Minimum Wage is a Step Toward Economic Freedom” Daily Kos (February 20, 2013)

 “Three Ways Washington Can Create Living Wage Jobs.” The Atlantic (October 10, 2012).

What Kind of Walmart do We Want for Our Country?”  Huffington Post (November 23, 2012)

Occupy Supporters Should Reach Out to Local Economic Justice CampaignsTruthout (December 15, 2011)

McJobs an Empty Calorie Fix for UnemploymentCNN Opinion (April 27, 2011)