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Hamutal Bernstein
Senior Fellow
Income and Benefits Policy Center
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 fellow in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, where she leads Urban's program on immigrants and immigration. Her research focuses on the well-being and inclusion of immigrant and refugee families and workers. Her areas of expertise include immigration, workforce development and training, and human services. She is a mixed-methods researcher, with experience in policy analysis, program monitoring and evaluation, technical assistance, multilingual qualitative and survey data collection, and qualitative and quantitative data analysis. She is a principal investigator on the Annual Survey of Refugees for the US Department of Health and Human Services and leads research on immigrant families' access to safety net supports.

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.

Research Areas
Global issues
Neighborhoods, cities, and metros
Children and youth
Immigrants and immigration
Race and equity
Kids in context
Beyond high school: education and training
Immigrant access to the safety net
From Safety Net to Solid Ground
Immigrant communities and racial equity
Job markets and labor force
Racial barriers to accessing the safety net
Racial equity in education
International development and governance