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BideN Trucking Action Plan

It was a great honor to be asked to the White House to celebrate the Biden Trucking Action Plan. While there, I put my dismal selfie skills to work. There is still a lot of important work left to do for America's truckers!

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I am a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies freight transportation. My first book, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream (UC Press, 2016), explains how long-haul trucking went from being one of the best blue-collar jobs to one of the toughest. My current book project, Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker, explores self-driving trucks and their potential impacts on labor and the environment. Currently, I'm researching how Amazon is transforming delivery jobs. 

Current Positions


Associate Professor of Practice

Department of Sociology

Faculty Fellow

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy

Research Areas

Transportation Jobs


Energy in Transportation


PhD in Sociology, Indiana University

MA in Anthropology, Syracuse University

BA in Philosophy, Colgate University

This website describes my research on Self-driving trucks, Autonomous Trucks, Worker Misclassification, Trucker Misclassification, Job Losses from Autonomous Trucks, Job losses from Self-driving trucks and policy.

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