Associate Professor

Columbia University

Sarah Haley has research interests in the gender, carceral, and queer history, Black feminist history and theory, prison abolition, and feminist interdisciplinary archival methods.  She is the author of No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity, published by the University of North Carolina Press in 2016.  No Mercy Here received awards from professional organizations in the discipline of history and several interdisciplinary fields, and was selected for the National Book Foundation’s 2020-2021 Literature for Justice Reading List.  Haley co-edited a special issue of Souls on Black women and economics with Professors Prudence Cumberbatch and Dayo Gore.  Her writing has been published in edited volumes as well as journals including Signs, The Journal of African American History, The Black Scholar, GLQ, and Women & Performance.  She is currently working on a book titled Carceral Interior: A Black Feminist Study of American Punishment, 1966-2016.  She has been active in the abolitionist, feminist, and labor movements and currently organizes with Scholars for Social Justice. 


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