Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider

Assistant Professor
Dept of Sociology
Research Expertise and Interest
social demography, inequality, economic instability
Research Description

Daniel Schneider completed his B.A. in Public Policy at Brown University in 2003 and earned his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University in 2012.  Before joining the Department of Sociology, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley. Professor Schneider’s research interests are focused on social demography, inequality, and the family.  His current research includes an investigation of the role of economic resources in entry into marriage and cohabitation, a project examining the effects of the Great Recession on relationship quality, union dissolution, and fertility, and work on how precarious and unpredictable employment affects family life.  

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October 16, 2019
Claire Cain Miller
We're talking about serious deprivation from relentlessly unstable paychecks, says assistant sociology professor Daniel Schneider about findings on work issues facing hourly workers who have unpredictable schedules. Professor Schneider co-directs the Shift Project at Berkeley's Institute for Research on Labor and Employment with UCSF professor Kristen Harknett. The researchers have found through ongoing surveys of 30,000 hourly workers that -- given equal wages and employers -- staff with irregular hours fare worse than those with stable hours, and the effects hit their children too. They also found that white men had the best schedules, while black and Hispanic women had the worst. Looking at the variables involved, Professor Schneider says, "We think what's left after parsing out all these other reasons is discrimination." For more on this, see the Shift Project's press release.
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June 28, 2019
Host: Mina Kim
Assistant sociology professor Daniel Schneider of UC Berkeley and associate sociology professor Kristen Harknett of UCSF, co-directors of The Shift Project, join the Forum to discuss their new study of shift workers in the food service and retail industries. Finding that only 20 percent of surveyed workers have regular daytime shifts, and that two-thirds learn about their weekly schedules with less than two weeks' notice, they say that nearly half of the respondents report psychological distress and poor sleep. Link to audio forthcoming.
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