Annette Bernhardt is a visiting professor of sociology at UC Berkeley, as well as a visiting researcher at Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment.
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 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.
Bernhardt’s most recent book is The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market, which she co-edited. 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. Bernhardt received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1993.