Sara Hinkley
Lead Researcher, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Lecturer, Department of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley

I am a researcher, writer, and teacher living in the Bay Area. I am a recovering academic straddling several worlds: the university, the street, the blank page, and the many rooms in which the public is made and remade every day.

Research: My research projects include workforce development, public finance, urban politics, labor markets, and public education. I have led research projects on workforce development policy and program administration, economic development policy, and low-wage labor markets. I am currently a Policy Research Specialist at the UC Berkeley Labor Center, studying how technology and changes in the labor market are affecting the public sector. —My research—

Writing: I write about a lot of things, some serious and some less so. I am passionate about understanding why we normalize public scarcity, especially amid so much private affluence. I also like synthesizing important research into useful briefs and editing academic writing of all kinds (that’s the serious stuff). I’m also fascinated by how we see ourselves in relation to place, by music lyrics, the role of sports in our culture, and how we grieve loss. —My writing—

Teaching: I am a lecturer in City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. I teach an undergraduate course on “Economic Analysis for Planners,” a kind of urban economics class that attracts both economics students looking to apply their economic theory & math to the real world, and geography/planning/urban studies students looking to understand what something called “the economy” has to do with places. —My teaching—

School Board: I’m also the President of the Albany Unified School Board in Albany, California. You can visit my page at www.sara4ausd.com or my Facebook page @sara4ausd.

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