Nicole Bernhardt is an Assistant Professor in Political Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Her research focuses on human rights policy as a response to structural racism. She received her PhD in Politics from York University for which she was awarded an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Abella Scholarship for Studies in Equity. Nicole has worked as a policy advisor for the Anti-Racism Directorate and as a human rights officer for the Ontario Human Rights Commission.

As a human rights researcher & practitioner, Nicole has served as an expert panelist for Lancaster House, a faculty member for the Osgoode Hall Law School Professional Development Program, and an international researcher for Equal Rights Trust. Nicole teaches courses on Canadian government and public policy, and currently serves on the executive for the Black Canadian Studies Association.