Erin R. Hamilton

Erin Hamilton sitting in her office

Position Title

2244 Social Science and Humanities
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  • 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 professor of sociology and an affiliate of the UC Davis Center for Poverty and Inequality Research, the UC Davis Global Migration Center, and the Hemispheric Institute on the Americas.

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. She is currently working on research projects on legal status, deportation, family and child migration, and migrant health. She was a Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar at El Colegio de Mexico in Mexico City in spring 2019. Erin is the co-author, with Robert Hummer, of Population Health in America.



Robert A. Hummer and Erin R. Hamilton. 2019. Population Health in America. Oakland, CA: UC Press.


Erin R. Hamilton, Claudia Masferrer, and Paola Langer. 2022. “U.S. Citizen Children De Facto Deported to Mexico.” Population and Development Review.

Erin R. Hamilton, Paola Langer*, and Caitlin C. Patler. 2021. “DACA's Association with Birth Outcomes among Mexican-origin Mothers in the United States.” Demography 58 (3): 975–985.

Claudia Masferrer León, Erin R. Hamilton, and Nicole Denier. 2019. “Immigrants in their Parental Homeland: Half a Million U.S.-born Minors Settle throughout Mexico.” Demography 56(4): 1453-1461.

Erin R. Hamilton, Jo Mhairi Hale, and Robin Savinar. 2019. “Immigrant Legal Status and Health: Legal Status Disparities in Chronic Conditions and Musculoskeletal Pain among Mexican-Born Farm Workers in the U.S.” Demography 56(1): 1-24.


Professor Hamilton teaches undergraduate courses in international migration (SOC 4), demography (SOC 170), and population health (SOC 163), as well as the graduate introduction to research methods (SOC 201) and seminars on migration and demography. She also leads the Sociology Department's Undergraduate Honors Program, which you can read more about here!


2020 ASA Population Section Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship in Population Award

2019 UC Davis Chancellor's Fellowship

2018-2019 U.S. Fulbright-Garcia Robles Scholar