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Jean Halley is a professor of sociology at the Graduate Center and the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York (CUNY). They earned their doctorate in sociology at the Graduate Center of CUNY, and their master’s degree in theology at Harvard University. Halley's 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. They 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 a second edition in 2022. 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. Halley and Eshleman published Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege with Rowman and Littlefield (2017). By Ron Nerio and Halley, The Roads to Hillbrow: Making Life in South Africa's Community of Migrants came out in 2022 with Fordham University Press. Halley's book with the University of Georgia Press about girls who love horses, Horse Crazy: Girls and the Lives of Horses, came out in 2019. Halley and their horse grew up in the Rocky Mountains. Today they live in New York City.