Erin is an Assistant Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California San Francisco. Erin is also a Co-Director of the National Data Archive for Child Abuse and Neglect. Her research focuses on the causes and consequences of incarceration for individuals and families and the intersection of race and disability in institutional settings. She is particularly interested in understanding the intergenerational consequences of incarceration for children's health and education to uncover how mass incarceration engenders social stratification and inequality.
In 2019, Erin was admitted to the Lifespan/Brown Criminal Justice Research Training Program at Brown University where she receives additional training and professional development related to health services research and implementation science, epidemiology, and how to be competitive for NIH funding.
Erin obtained her PhD in Sociology in the Departments of Sociology and Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University with a minor in Demography. She completed the foundational courses in Sociology, as well as policy analysis and advanced methods for policy analysis. Her dissertation explored the effect of parental incarceration stigma on teachers' assessments of students and their work using an experimental design. Her committee consisted of of Dr. Wildeman (chair), Dr. Haskins, Dr. Ferguson, and Dr. Lichter. At Cornell Erin pursued training and experiences related to research and teaching, and was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award for her work facilitating the graduate course Principles of Population.