Kristen Harknett

Professor of Sociology and codirector of the SHIFT Project
University of California, San Francisco

Kristen Harknett received her PhD in Sociology and Demography from Princeton University in 2002, and was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at UC Berkeley from 2002 to 2004. She served on the faculty of the Department of Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania before assuming her current position at the University of California, San Francisco. Her research and teaching interests include unstable work schedules and worker health and well-being, kin and social support, family demography, quantitative methods, and policy evaluation.

  • As shoppers prepare for the holidays with trips to the mall, supermarket, and big box stores, many workers who stock the shelves and work the registers are scrambling to piece together child care to match their unpredictable work schedules.

    December 17, 2019


    P4A Spark

  • This project will provide rigorous evidence on whether secure-scheduling policies that raise the floor on work-scheduling conditions can also reduce racial inequality in these work conditions and, in so doing, reduce racial inequality in downstream health and well-being outcomes.

    November 16, 2022