Sarah Haley, Associate Professor of Gender Studies and African American Studies at UCLA, has research and teaching investments in black feminism, gender history, carceral studies, labor, and black radicalism. She is the author of No Mercy Here: Gender, Punishment, and the Making of Jim Crow Modernity (UNC Press, 2016), which examines the lives of imprisoned women in the U.S. South from the 1870s to the 1930s and the role of carcerality in shaping cultural logics of race and gender under Jim Crow. She is currently working on a black feminist history of the rise of the contemporary carceral state that interrogates the role of state intrusion and violation of black domestic space. Her research has been recognized by the Association of Black Women Historians and the National Women’s Studies Association.


Sarah has worked in the antiprison movement, as a paralegal with the New York Office of the Federal Public Defender and as a lead organizer with UNITE-HERE, where she organized graduate teachers, clerical and technical workers, and airport food service and retail workers in New Haven, Connecticut and Detroit, Michigan.