Dr. Anna Haley-Lock is Associate Professor at Rutgers University’s School of Social Work. She previously was on the faculties of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Washington. Her work investigates employers’ choices about designing, managing, and rewarding jobs, including an ongoing study of big box retailer Costco; and how those practices relate to a range of employment outcomes experienced by organizations and their workforces, most recently including parental engagement in and experiences with their children’s schooling and care. Prof. Haley-Lock has focused on low-wage or “working poverty” jobs in for-profit, nonprofit and public settings, including retail stores, restaurants, long-term care facilities, domestic violence services programs, the US Postal Service, and occupations disproportionately held by vulnerable groups of workers such as women and primary or sole family caregivers. Her findings have identified “upstream” strategies for changing workplaces and public employment policies to promote worker, family, and community economic and social wellbeing, and have been published in varied journals (e.g., Social Service Review, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Work & Occupations, Industrial Relations, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and Community, Work & Family).
Daniel Schneider is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UC Berkeley. After receiving his Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley from 2012-2014. His research focuses on household economic security and on how economic inequality shapes the settings in which children grow up. His recent research documents the effects of the Great Recession on American families. Schneider’s current research examines how work schedule instability and unpredictability in the retail sector shape worker and child health and wellbeing. His research has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Social Forces, Demography, and other outlets.
Dr. Kristen Harknett is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley's Department of Demography. Her research focuses on how policies impact the lives of low-income families, economic influences on family stability, and the reliance on kin support among low-income families. Her prior work has been published in the American Sociological Review, Demography, Social Forces, and several other journals. She is currently collaborating with Daniel Schneider from UC Berkeley on the Retail Work and Family Life Study, a study of scheduling practices in the retail sector and their effects on workers' health, well-being, and family life. This study has collected survey data from several thousand retail and food service workers nationwide.