Jennifer Berdahl has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Illinois. She has worked for the United States Congress, the American Association of University Women, the University of California Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the Rotman School of Management before joining the Sauder School of Business where she is developing a center for gender and diversity in leadership.
Berdahl’s work highlights how prescriptive stereotypes of race and gender, and the social inequalities they support, are reinforced through social treatment at work. Her research has documented double jeopardy for minority women’s experiences of workplace harassment, racial harassment against East Asians who defy racial stereotypes, sexual harassment as a method of derogating assertive women, and “not man enough” harassment against men who fail to confirm to hegemonic masculine ideals, including minority men and men who do caregiving in the home. Berdahl has served as expert witness on gender discrimination cases for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and has provided expert testimony for the Canadian Senate and House of Commons.