Department of Sociology

Katherine Hill

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Katherine Hill



Social Inequality, Work and Organizations, Digital Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Research Methods


Katherine Hill is a doctoral candidate in Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also a graduate trainee in the Population Research Center and an Ethnography Lab Fellow. Katherine uses mixed-methods to examine the intersection of stratification and inequality, work and organizations, digital sociology, race, gender, class, and culture.

Katherine’s dissertation examines the on-demand work in the gig economy such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart and focuses on how gig workers are driven into the gig economy and the implications of gig work for health. Katherine uses 45 in-depth interviews with gig workers and analysis of original survey data collected through a nation-wide survey fielded through social media advertisements. 

Katherine has published sole-authored research in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity using ethnography and interviews to examine inequality in immigrant-owned restaurants and finds that labor segmentation results in varied degrees of wage inequality, surveillance, and exposure to hazardous working conditions. Her emerging research on the gig economy has been accepted to the RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences conference for the special issue "Low-Income Families in the 21st Century and published on the ASA blog Work in Progress. 

Prior to graduate school, Katherine taught English and Debate at a high school in South Korea as a Fulbright Fellow, volunteered as an English teacher for North Korean defectors, interned at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, worked at as program coordinator at International Student Conferences, and volunteered with the Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas.

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