Urban Truck Ports

Check out my concept to make trucking jobs better, improve urban air quality and congestion, and fight climate change. Watch a new video on Urban Truck Ports or visit www.urbantruckports.com


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.

Current Positions

Faculty Fellow

Kleinman Center for Energy Policy



Department of Sociology

Research Areas

Economic Sociology

Political Sociology

Work and Organizations



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.