Jean Halley


Jean Halley is a professor of sociology at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. She earned her doctorate in sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY, and her master’s degree in theology at Harvard University. Her book about touching children, breastfeeding, children’s sleep and contemporary childrearing advice, Boundaries of Touch: Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy was published in July 2007 by the University of Illinois Press. She assisted Patricia Ticineto Clough in editing The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social in 2007 (Duke University Press). Halley co-authored Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race (Rowman and Littlefield) with Amy Eshleman and Ramya Vijaya in 2011. And Halley's memoir and social history of cattle ranching in the United States, The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets, came out with Palgrave Macmillan in 2012. Most recently, Halley and Eshleman published Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege with Rowman and Littlefield (2017). Halley is currently working on a book under contract with the University of Georgia Press about girls who love horses, Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses. She and her horse grew up in the Rocky Mountains. Today she lives in New York City, with three other humans (her partner and two children), two cats, one Chihuahua and a hamster.

Selected Works

Feminism; Queer Studies
“A beautifully written handbook on understanding how systems of power and privilege warp, cloud, and distort human sexual and gender experience. I think the concluding section will save many lives, as the authors offer realistic hopes based on existing social progress.”
–Peggy McIntosh
Memoir; Social History
“This book is a tour de force, a magnificent performance in its own right.”
–Norman K. Denzin
Social Science; Critical Race Theory
Seeing White engagingly makes whiteness into a problem – one needing to be investigated in all its human and inhumane dimensions.”
–David Roediger
Sociology; Family Studies
“Brilliantly conceived… Boundaries of Touch offers readers a rare opportunity to rethink their ‘common knowledge’ about child rearing.”
–Stuart Ewen
Social Theory
"The essays in this volume are evidence of what Patricia Clough identifies as an affective turn in the humanities and social sciences." 
–Michael Hardt