- Policy Research Specialist, Center for Labor Research and Education, UC Berkeley (2020 – present)
- Lecturer, Dept. of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley (2015-Present)
- PhD University of California at Berkeley, City and Regional Planning (2015)
- MRP University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, City and Regional Planning (1999)
- BA Amherst College, Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies, magna cum laude 1993
Institute for Research on Labor and Employment, UC Berkeley (2016-20)
Associate Director: Responsible for overall mission and direction of Institute, oversight of research and educational projects, and strategic planning.
Center for Labor Research and Education, UC Berkeley (2015-16)
Postdoctoral Scholar: Researched and wrote reports on aspects of the low-wage labor market. Built and analyzed datasets using Census, BLS, and industry data sources on employment, industry structure, demographics, and public benefits.
Goldman School of Public Policy, UC Berkeley (2014)
Graduate Student Researcher: MacArthur Foundation-funded project: “Irrational Exuberance at City Hall: Local Government Resilience during Housing Booms and Busts.” Analyzed Census and state data on government spending, municipal debt, and pension funds.
Green Economy Project, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment (2010)
Graduate Student Researcher: Using ACS and CPS data, analyzed occupational structure of the green economy: job openings, unemployment, labor force demographics, and working conditions by industry sector.
Institute of Urban & Regional Development / Center for Community Innovation (2008-09)
Graduate Student Researcher: Using the National Establishment Time Series (NETS) dataset and Census data, built robust statistical model of the migration, opening, closing, and expansion of California businesses.
Building Resilient Regions Project, MacArthur Foundation (2008)
Graduate Student Researcher: Wrote literature review on economic insecurity; developed research design and indicators for mapping economic insecurity by city; built model for studying the suburbanization of poverty.
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1877 (2004-07)
Senior Researcher, Justice for Janitors Campaign: Developed campaign strategies; wrote industry and corporate profiles; leveraged local development projects; evaluated policies affecting low-income and immigrant workers.
California Labor Federation, AFL-CIO (2002-04)
Senior Program Manager, Workforce & Economic Development: Built labor coalitions around training and economic issues; coordinated multi-city hotel industry training project; developed state policy agenda in workforce and economic development.
Good Jobs First, a project of the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (1999-2001)
Senior Analyst: Developed national research agenda on development subsidies; analyzed local, state, and federal economic development programs; studied best practices subsidy safeguards; gave workshops to activists, legislators, and researchers; supervised staff and spoke with the media.
- 2020 “Devolution and Debt: Financing Public Facilities in an Age of Austerity” with Rachel Weber and Amanda Kass, in Transforming the American Local State: Developmental Politics and the Eclipse of Democratic Governance, editors Dennis Judd, Evan McKenzie and Alba Alexander, University of Minnesota Press.
- 2018 “Tightening the Belt: The Fiscal Politics of Retrenchment in San Jose, California,” in Cities Under Austerity, editors Mark Davidson and Kevin Ward, SUNY Press.
- 2017 “Structurally adjusting: Narratives of fiscal crisis in four US cities.” Urban Studies, 54(9): 2123-2138.
- 2010 “Reading Stories of Crisis and Recovery: What Next for the American City?” Berkeley Planning Journal, 23(1).
- 2008 Chapple, K., Hinkley, S., & Makarewicz, C. “Business as Usual in California’s Suburbs? Exploring the Dynamics of Firm Relocation, 1990–2005.” Presented at the Joint Congress of the Assoc. of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the Assoc. of European Schools of Planning, Chicago.
- 2003 “Working in America: A Blueprint for the New Labor Market, and: The Last Good Job in America” (book review). Labor Studies Journal, 28(3).
- 1999 Hinkley, S., & Kaiser, E. J. “Making the Land Use-Water Quality Connection.” Carolina Planning Journal, 24(1), 29-40.
- 2022 Evaluating the Impact of Proposed Changes to Oakland’s Gross Receipts Tax
- 2021 California can’t afford to repeat the Great Recession: State spending is critical to economic recovery
- 2020 Public Sector Impacts of the Great Recession and COVID-19
- 2020 Fiscal Impacts of COVID-19 and California’s Economy
- 2019 Hinkley, S., & McCorkell, L. Retaining Teachers of Color to Improve Student Outcomes. IRLE Policy Brief.
- 2019 Hinkley, S., & McCorkell, L. Finding Employment After Contact with the Carceral System. IRLE Policy Brief.
- 2019 Hinkley, S., & McCorkell, L. The Post-Recession Labor Market: An Incomplete Recovery. IRLE Policy Brief.
- 2019 Hinkley, S., & McCorkell, L. The Great Recession, Families, and the Safety Net. IRLE Policy Brief.
- 2018 Hinkley, S., Coghlan, E., & McCorkell, L. What Really Caused the Great Recession? IRLE Policy
- 2018 What Comes Next? Janus v. AFSCME (Berkeley Blog)
- 2018 Hinkley, S. & Coghlan, E. Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Update: Federal and California
- 2018 Hinkley, S. & Coghlan, E. State Policy Strategies for Narrowing the Gender Wage Gap
- 2016 Hinkley, S., Bernhardt, A., & Thomason, S. Race to the Bottom: How Low-Road Subcontracting Affects Working Conditions in California’s Property Services Industry.
- 2002 Hinkley, S., & LeRoy, G. No More Secret Candy Store: A Grassroots Guide to Investigating Development Subsidies.
- 2000 Hinkley, S., & LeRoy, G. Another Way Sprawl Happens: Economic Development Subsidies in a Twin Cities Suburb.
- 2000 Hinkley, S., & LeRoy, G. Smart Growth and Workforce Development. Good Jobs First.
- 2000 Hinkley, S., & Hsu, F. Minding the Candy Store: State Audits of Economic Development.
Presentations and invited talks
- 2019 Presenter: “Austerity and Urban Crisis: Local & Global Perspectives” and moderator: “Municipal Finance After the Great Recession,” Urban Affairs Association, April 2019
- 2018 Invited panelist: “Finance, Crisis and the City: Ten Years after the Great Recession,” American Association of Geographers, April 2018.
- 2017 Roundtable organizer: “Organizing & Planning I: Labor and Work” and “Organizing & Planning II: The scholar’s role in social movements,” American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, October 2017.
- 2017 Presenter: “Incentives and Austerity: Economic Development During the Great Recession in Eight U.S. Cities,” American Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, October 2017.
- 2017 Invited Commentator, conference on Finance, Crisis and the City at NYU Florence, May 2017.
- 2017 UC Berkeley Global Metropolitan Studies, 10th Anniversary conference. “Workers of the City, Unite!”, April 2017.
- 2017 Panelist, “Fixing the Bay Area’s Growth Politics,” San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association, April 2017.
- 2016 “A New Normal? Fiscal Space and Economic Development Incentives After the Recession.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, November 2016.
- 2016 Session organizer: Beyond Austerity: Economic Development in the Wake of Crisis. Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, November 2016.
- 2016 Roundtable organizer: “Cities of hope? Urban organizing in a global and precarious world.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference, November 2016.
- 2016 “Turning pensioners into creditors: The political alchemy of financialization.” Association of American Geographers annual meeting.
- 2014 “Risk, responsibility, and regulation: Cities and municipal finance in the wake of crisis.” Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference.
- 2014 Financialized Landscapes and the Power to Plan. Panel organized for the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning conference.
- 2014 Fellow, Summer Institute in Economic Geography, Frankfurt, Germany.
- 2014 “Every city is broke: How urban austerity becomes normal.” Association of American Geographers.
- 2014 “‘Dumb, lazy, happy and rich’: Risky cities, or cities at risk?” Association of American Geographers annual meeting.
- 2013 “Structurally adjusting: Narratives of fiscal crisis in five U.S. cities.” Interrogating Urban Crisis conference, Urban Studies Foundation.
- 2013 “Governing the broke city: State policies and urban fiscal crisis.” Urban Affairs Association annual meeting.