Dr. Bernardi joined the EUI in January 2010, while on leave from the UNED, Spain. He received his PhD in sociology and social research from the University of Trento in 1998 and his B.A. from the University of Bologna in 1993. He moved to the department of sociology II of the UNED in 2001, having previously taught at the faculty of sociology at the University of Bielefeld, Germany, from 1998 to 2001. Since 1998 he has also taught short term seminars on event history analysis at the University of Oxford, Milan, at the Juan March Institute, Madrid and at the UPF, Barcelona. Between 2007 and 2009 he was senior researcher on social stratification and inequality at the Juan March Institute, Madrid. He is an elected member of the board of the European Consortium for Social Research, a core member of the “analysing the lifecourse” group within the network Quantitative Methods in the Social Sciences (QMSS2) financed by the European Science Foundation and an associate expert in the EQUALSOC network of excellence funded by the European Union’s Sixth Framework Programme. Bernardi’s main teaching and current research interests lie in social stratification, inequality in educational opportunities and educational returns, family and labour market dynamics, social methodology.