Sarah Haley

Sarah Haley

Sarah Haley

Associate Professor (On Leave 2022-23)


Gender Studies
Director, Black Feminism Initiative, Center for the Study of Women

Office: 1117 Rolfe Hall


Phone: 310-206-5228

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Ph.D., African American Studies & American Studies, Yale University, 2010
M.A., African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University, 2007
B.A., Political Science, Vassar College, 2001

Research Interests

Black Feminism
U.S. Women's and Gender History
African American History 1865-Present
Carceral Studies
Labor & Working Class Studies

Selected Publications

No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity. University of North Carolina Press, 2016. Co-Editor (with Dayo F. Gore and Prudence Cumberbatch), Souls Special Issue: Black Women’s Labor: Economics, Culture, and Politics 18 (Jan-March, 2016). “Care Cage: Political Symbolism and 1970s Prison Crisis,” Souls Special Issue on Black Women and State Violence. 20.1 (2018). “Abolition,” In Keywords for African American Studies. Edited by Erica Edwards, Roderick Ferguson, and Jeffrey Ogbar. New York University Press, 2018. “The Radical Potential of Black Feminist Evaluation.” Forum on Cathy Cohen’s “Punks, Bulldaggers, and Welfare Queens: The Radical Potential of Queer Politics,” GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies Vol. 25. No. 1 (January 2019).


2017 Lora Romero First Book Prize, American Studies Association. 2017 Joan Kelly Memorial Prize for the most outstanding book in women’s history and/or feminist theory, American Historical Association. 2017 Julia Cherry Spruill Prize for the best book in southern women’s history, Southern Association of Women Historians. 2017 Willie Lee Rose Prize for the best book in southern history written by a woman or women, Southern Association of Women Historians. 2016 Letitia Woods Brown Memorial Award for best book in African American women’s history, Association of Black Women Historians. 2016 Sara A. Whaley Prize for best book on women and labor, National Women’s Studies Association.