Department of Sociology

Katherine Hill

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Katherine Hill



Social Inequality, Work and Organizations, Technology, Health, Race and Ethnicity, Disability, 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 technology, precarious work, health, and race, class, gender, and disability identities.

Katherine’s dissertation examines the on-demand work in the gig economy such as Uber, Lyft, DoorDash, and Instacart. She 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 experiences of disability in 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. Katherine has also written op-eds and has been featured in the Austin American Statesmen and the Abilene Reporter News.

During graduate school, Katherine has conducted policy research as a research consultant for the UT Development Office, as a research assistant for the Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and as an research and consulting intern at the Center for Public Policy Priorities. She has also worked in survey research at a market research firm in Austin, Texas. 

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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