I love that Urban’s role is to provide rigorous and objective empirical research and analysis to inform policymakers and practitioners working on issues of fundamental social importance. I am grateful for the opportunity to apply my research experience to help inform current policy debates.
Hamutal Bernstein is a senior research associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where her research focuses on immigration and integration, workforce development and education, and program evaluation. She has wide expertise in mixed-methods research, including original survey development, secondary data analysis, and qualitative data collection and analysis. She is a principal investigator on the Annual Survey of Refugees and Survey Redesign for the US Department of Health and Human Services. Her other areas of research focus on immigrant upskilling, immigrant inclusion at the local level, and other human services topics. Her evaluation and survey experience includes the systems change analysis of the National Implementation Evaluation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants program, evaluation of the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program, and evaluation of the LRNG out-of-school youth learning initiative. Before joining Urban, Bernstein was a program officer at the German Marshall Fund of the United States, managing public opinion survey research in the United States and Europe. This position followed her work on global and US migration research as a research associate at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University and as a migration consultant to international organizations. She has conducted fieldwork in English and Spanish in the United States and abroad, and she speaks fluent French. Bernstein received her BA in international relations from Brown University and her PhD in government from Georgetown University.