Rick Biernacki received his PhD from U.C. Berkeley in 1989. In THE FABRICATION OF LABOR: GERMANY AND BRITAIN, 1640- 1914 (University of California, 1995), he compares the influence of culture on the execution of factory manufacture. His interests are classical and contemporary theory, comparative method, and culture. His research focuses on the historical invention of key forms of cultural practice in Europe, including the categories of labor as a commodity, ethnic identity, and property in ideas.
Reinventing Evidence in Social Inquiry: Decoding Facts and Variables, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.
The Fabrication of Labor: Germany and Britain, 1640-1941, University of California Press, 1995.