Steve Viscelli


Let's harness the power of new technology to create a 21st Century freight movement system that benefits all of us.


My new research on the likely impacts of autonomous trucks on truckers is out from Working Partnerships USA and the UC Labor Center.


Learn more about it here.

I am a sociologist at the University of Pennsylvania who studies work, labor markets and public policy related to freight transportation, automation and energy. My first book, The Big Rig: Trucking and the Decline of the American Dream (UC Press, 2016), examines how long-haul trucking went from being one of the best to one of the toughest blue-collar jobs in the US. My current book project, Driverless? Autonomous Trucks and the Future of the American Trucker, explores the policy and politics of autonomous trucks and their potential impacts on labor and the environment.

Research Areas

Economic Sociology

Political Sociology

Work and Organizations


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.


PhD in Sociology, Indiana University

MA in Anthropology, Syracuse University

BA in Philosophy, Colgate University