Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Office: 2244 Social Sciences and Humanities Building
- International migration: migrant health; migrant families; development and migration; gender and migration
- Health: migration and health; health disparities; maternal and child health
- Social demography: causes and consequences of population change, namely through international migration
Erin Hamilton received her degree in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin in 2009. Her current research investigates the social and demographic sources of international migration from Mexico to the United States.
More specifically, she focuses issues related to socioeconomic development and demographic change in Mexico, and, in particular, when and why migration flows are domestically- or internationally-bound. Additionally, her current work examines the process of immigrant incorporation in the United States, looking specifically at access to health care and health outcomes within a framework of racial and ethnic inequality. This work attempts to understand whether, how, and why immigrant health changes over time in the United States, examining the roles of socioeconomic inequality and access to social services.
Relevant Research for the Migration Research Cluster
- Hamilton, Erin R. and Robin Savinar, "Two Sources of Error in Data on Migration From Mexico to the United States in Mexican Household-Based Surveys." Demography, Volume 52 (2015), 1345-1355.
- Hamilton, Erin R., and Andés Villarreal, “Rush to the border? Market liberalization and urban- and rural-origin internal migration in Mexico.” Social Science Research 41 (2012), 1275-1291.
- Hamilton, Erin R., Jodi Cardoso, et. al., “Assimilation and Emerging Health Disparities among New Generations of US Children.” Demographic Research 25 (2011), 1-38.
- Hamilton, Erin R., and Andrés Villarreal, “Development and the Urban and Rural Geography of Mexican Emigration to the United States.” Social Forces 90 (2011), 661-683.