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Bernardo is a PhD candidate in the Department of Public Policy and Public Affairs at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research examines the relationships between U.S. household indebtedness, and financial and labor market developments and social policy, focusing on the transformations within economic and social security practices since the 1970s. Bernardo is also a lecturer in the Department of Economics at UMass Boston, teaching courses on money and financial institutions, the history of economic thought, and labor market economics. Her research and teaching objectives aim at bridging the gap between current economic policy issues and the standard theories taught in university economics curriculum, with the end goal of encouraging a deeper analysis of the policy making process in order to develop more comprehensive economic security policies.