Policy Co-Director

Annette Bernhardt, Policy Co-Director
(212) 285-3025 x 350
New York City Office

Areas of expertise

Labor Market Research · Enforcement of Workplace Standards · Immigrants and Work · Economic and Workforce Development

Annette Bernhardt co-directed the Economic Justice Project at New York University’s Brennan Center for Justice, which merged with NELP in 2008.  She coordinates NELP’s policy analysis and research support for campaigns around living wage jobs, enforcement of workplace standards and accountable development. A leading scholar of low-wage work, she has helped develop and analyze innovative policy responses to the changing nature of work in the United States. She has published widely in journals such as the American Journal of Sociology, the American Sociological Review, and the Journal of Labor Economics, among others. She received 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.

Ph.D., University of Chicago
B.A., Barnard College

Selected Publications

·    The Gloves-Off Economy: Workplace Standards at the Bottom of America's Labor Market (co-edited, Cornell University Press, 2008)

·    “The State of Worker Protections in the United States: Unregulated Work in New York City,” International Labour Review (co-authored, 2008)

·    “Bad Service Jobs: Can Unions Save Them? Can They Save Unions?” in Justice on the Job: Perspectives on the Erosion of Collective Bargaining in the United States (co-authored, 2006)

·    What Do We Know About Wal-Mart? An Overview of Facts and Studies for New Yorkers, Brennan Center for Justice (co-authored, 2005)

·    Low-Wage America: How Employers are Reshaping Opportunity in the Workplace, Russell Sage Foundation (co-edited, 2003)

·    Recession and 9/11: Economic Hardship and the Failure of the Safety Net for Unemployed Workers in New York City, Brennan Center for Justice (co-authored, 2003)

·    Why Privatizing Government Services Would Hurt Women Workers, Institute for Women’s Policy Research (co-authored, 2002)

·    Divergent Paths:  Economic Mobility in the New American Labor Market, Russell Sage Foundation (co-authored, 2001)