Emerita Faculty, Associate Professor of Economics

Dr. McCrate is Associate Professor of Economic and Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Vermont. She is a labor economist specializing in the political economy of low-wage labor markets. She has taught courses on Women in the U.S. Economy, the Economics of Work and Family, African Americans in the U.S. Economy, Capitalism and Human Welfare, Labor Economics, Labor-Management Relations, and Econometrics, as well as the introductory economic theory courses and Introduction to Women's Studies.


Selected Research

  • “Contemporary American Capitalism, Gender, and the Organization of Working Time Instability,” Feminist Studies, 2021.
  • "Competing for Hours: Schedule Instability and Underemployment among Hourly Workers in Canada," with Julia R. Henly and Susan J. Lambert, Cambridge Journal of Economics, September 2019.
  • "Jiendaa to Rodo Jikan no Hensei" ("Gender and the Organization of Working Time"), March 2017, Ohara Skakaimondai Kenkyujo Zasshi (Journal of the Ohara Institute for Social Research), No. 701: pp. 1-23, in Japanese.
  • "Unstable and on-call work schedules in the United States and Canada," in Conditions of Work and Employment Series No. 99, International Labour Organization, 2018.
  • "Flexibility for Whom?: Control Over the Variability of Work Schedules". Feminist Economics, 18:1, 2012.
  • "Screening for Honesty and Motivation in the Workplce: What Can Affirmative Action Do?" in Capitalism on Trial: Explorations in the Tradition of Thomas Weisskopf.Jeannette Wicks-Lim and Robert Pollin, eds., Routledge.

Awards and Recognition

2009 George V. Kidder Outstanding Faculty Award Winner

The Kidder Award honors excellence in teaching each year to one faculty member. The award is given for motivating students in ways that have a lasting influence on their lives, commitment to student advising, and the ability to provoke student interest and enthusiasm and constructively influence campus life beyond the classroom. Professor McCrate was the 2009 recipient of the Kidder Award for her commitment to working with students. She believes that students can best sort through difficult issues by writing about them and dissecting and digesting the various arguments. Professor McCrate is exceptionally committed to working with students on their independent studies and honors theses, and many students have underscored the importance of her emphasis on writing to their educational and professional success


Elaine McCrate, Emeriti Faculty of Economics

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Labor economics, labor-management relations, gender and the economy, African Americans in the U.S. economy, and econometrics


  • Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst


  • 802-656-0192
Office Location:

Old Mill Room 239B

Office Hours:

by appointment