Department of Sociology

Kathy Hill

M.A., University of Texas at Austin

Kathy Hill



Social Inequality, Labor Markets, Economic Sociology, Race and Ethnicity, Gender, Research Methods


Katherine Hill is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Ausin. She is also a graduate trainee in the Population Research Center and an Ethnography Lab Fellow. For her dissertation, Katherine is conducting mixed-methods research examining people's experiences working in the gig economy and implications for their health and wellbeing. She is conducting a nation-wide survey of gig workers and in-depth interviews with workers in the gig economy.

Katherine has a master's degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Her master's thesis examined how racial inequality and ethnic networks shape the lives of workers in Chinese restaurants in Austin. From this research, she published Sweet and Sour: Social Networks and Inequality in a Chinese Restaurant in the peer-reviewed journal Sociology of Race and Ethnicity.

Katherine has worked on various research projects including a project with the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost of UT on gender equity among faculty, and a project with Dr. Becky Pettit on the scope and unequal distribution of legal financial obligations in Texas.

In 2015, Katherine recieved a Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Korean intensively in South Korea for two months. Prior to coming to UT, Katherine recieved her B.A. in Sociology at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, AR. Katherine taught English in South Korea, as a Fulbright Fellowship grantee and interned at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul, South Korea, and worked at as a coordinator at International Student Conferences. Katherine has also volunteered with varoius organizations including the National Alliance for Mental Illness, as an elementary school teacher for North Korean refugees, and with the Women's Shelter of Central Arkansas.

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