Jean Halley is an associate 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).