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Erin R. Hamilton


  • Ph.D., Sociology, University of Texas, Austin, 2009
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Texas, Austin, 2005
  • B.A., Policy Studies, Rice University, 2001


Erin Hamilton is associate professor of sociology, an affiliate of the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research, and a member of the steering committee of the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas. Trained as a demographer at the Population Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin, Erin brings a population perspective to her research. 

Research Focus

Erin Hamilton studies when, why, and how people migrate, and with what consequences for migrants, their families, and the communities they leave and enter. Most of her research has focused on Mexico-U.S. migration, with studies of why and how rates of emigration vary across communities in Mexico, how the migration of family and community members affects the health of children in Mexico, and children’s role in migration. She also has studied the family structures of Salvadoran deportees, the indebtedness of Cambodian migrants, and the health of immigrants of all backgrounds in the United States. She is currently working on two projects – a book about population health in the United States and a series of research papers on child and family migration.  

Selected Publications

Hamilton, E. R., & Hale, J. M. (2016) Changes in the transnational family structures of Mexican farm workers in the era of border militarization. Demography (online first).
Hamilton, E. R. (2015) Gendered disparities in Mexico-U.S. migration by class, ethnicity, and geography. Demographic Research 32: 533-542.
Hamilton, E. R., & Savinar, R. (2015) Two sources of error in data on migration from Mexico to the United States in Mexican household-based surveys. Demography 52(4): 1345-1355.
Hamilton, E. R., & Choi, K. H. (2015) The mixed effects of migration: Community-level migration and birthweight in Mexico. Social Science and Medicine 132: 278-286.


Professor Hamilton teaches undergraduate courses in international migration (SOC 4), demography (SOC 170), and health and illness (SOC 154), as well as the graduate introduction to research methods (SOC 201) and seminars on migration and demography.