Jean Halley (https://www.jeanhalley.net) grew up in rural Wyoming and Montana. On her father’s side, her family were cattle ranchers and avid racists. Halley’s mother left her father when Halley was six. Her mother got the children. Her father got the money. So Halley grew up in a single-parent family struggling financially. In spite of their poverty, Halley was able to keep her horse, Snipaway, living free on a generous working-class couple’s land. As a child, Halley and her horse rode alone for hours on the Wyoming plans and in the Rocky Mountains. Halley got a full-tuition scholarship to go to the Colorado College, and again for her master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School. She lived and worked at the Catholic Worker in Boston for a year and spent several more years working with unhoused people in Boston, New York City and Mwanza, Tanzania. Halley eventually earned a doctorate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where she now teaches. Halley is a public intellectual and active on Twitter (https://twitter.com/jeanomalleyhall), and has done dozens of radio interviews (for example, https://www.wamc.org/51-the-womens-perspective/2020-02-05/51-1593-a-sociologist-studies-horse-crazy-girls). Halley has authored and coauthored six books, and coedited a seventh, on topics as diverse as ways of thinking about touching children, white privilege, and horse crazy girls. Today she lives in New York City with her partner. They have two human children, and a pitbull and one vicious chihuahua.

Other Works

  • The Roads to Hillbrow: Making Life in South Africa’s Community of Migrants

  • Seeing White: An Introduction to White Privilege and Race, Second Edition

  • Seeing Straight: An Introduction to Gender and Sexual Privilege

  • The Parallel Lives of Women and Cows: Meat Markets

  • Boundaries of Touch: Parenting and Adult-Child Intimacy

  • The Affective Turn: Theorizing the Social