Erin Hatton


I am an associate professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. My research is centered in the sociology of work, while also extending into the fields of race and gender, social inequality, culture, labor, law, and social policy.

My first book, The Temp Economy: From Kelly Girls to Permatemps in Postwar America (Temple University Press, 2011), weaves together gender, race, class, and work in a cultural analysis of the temporary help industry and the rise of the new economy. The Temp Economy won an Honorable Mention for the Distinguished Scholarly Monograph Award from the American Sociological Association’s Labor & Labor Movements Section.

My forthcoming book, Coerced: Work Under Threat of Punishment (UC Press, forthcoming 2020), analyzes four very different–and unusual–groups of workers: incarcerated, workfare, college athlete, and graduate student workers. Drawing on more than 120 in-depth interviews across these four groups, in this book I uncover a new form of labor coercion and analyze its consequences for workers in America.

​I am also editor of Prison/Work: Labor in the Carceral State, which examines the multiple and multi-directional intersections between mass incarceration and labor and employment in the U.S. today. Prison/Work is under contract with University of California Press.

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