Sarah Haley

Phone: (310) 206-5228


Office: 1117 Rolfe Hall

Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies and Department of Gender Studies; Director, UCLA Center for the Study of Women Black Feminism Initiative

Sarah Haley is Associate Professor of African American Studies and Gender Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She is also the Associate Director of the Center for the Study of Women. Professor Haley’s research interests are at the intersection of prison studies, nineteenth and twentieth-century African American history, women’s and gender history, labor studies, black feminism, and feminist theories of violence. She is the author of award-winning book No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity. Her talk will focus on her new book project that explores the role of mundane and ostentatious forms of police violence and harassment executed in black homes from the 1970s through the 1990s.  In it, she analyzes the relationship between black domesticity, carceral gendering, and carceral state expansion as well as the affective work of life making that black women performed in the face of ubiquitous police violence.

  • 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.
  • Princeton University Center for African American Studies Postdoctoral Fellowship 2010
  • Lerner Scott Prize for Best Doctoral Dissertation in Women’s History, Organization of American Historians, 2010
  • Sylvia Ardyn Boone Prize for Best Dissertation in African American Culture, Yale University, 2010
  • Johannesburg Workshop in Theory and Criticism Fellowship, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, July 2009
  • “‘Like I was a Man’: Chain Gangs, Gender, and the Domestic Carceral Sphere in Jim Crow Georgia.” Signs: Journal of Women and Culture in Society (forthcoming Winter, 2013).
  • Review of Criminal Injustice: Slaves and Free Blacks in Georgia’s Criminal Justice Systemby Glenn McNair.  Journal of African American History 96: 2 (Spring 2011).