Haley Mcewen


Department of Political
Visiting address
Sprängkullsgatan 19
41123 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 711
40530 Göteborg

About Haley Mcewen

Haley McEwen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Gothenburg.

Haley completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. She holds an MPhil in Critical Diversity Studies from the University of Cape Town and a BA in Social Relations from Michigan State University. Prior to joining GenDip, she was a Senior Researcher at the Wits Centre for Diversity Studies (WiCDS) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Haley’s doctoral research investigated how and why the U.S. Christian Right has been working to influence African politics of gender and sexuality. For her postdoctoral research, she will be further examining the geopolitical dimensions of African pro-family discourse and movement building, particularly in relation to bilateral relations between African states and those between African states and western, as well as ‘new’ global actors. Haley’s research has been published in Critical Philosophy of Race, Critical African Studies, Development Southern Africa, The African Journal of Rhetoric, and Africa Today as well as in popular media outlets including The Conversation, openDemocracy, and Rantt Media.

Haley is a nationally rated researcher in South Africa (National Research Foundation) and a Senior Fellow at the Far Right Analysis Network (formerly known as the Center for Analysis of the Radical Right). Haley is also Associated Editor of the International Journal of Critical Diversity Studies.

Select Publications:

McEwen, H. (2021). Inventing Family: Colonial knowledge politics of ‘family’ and the coloniality of ‘pro-family’ activism in Africa. Africa Today, 6(4), 30-49.

McEwen, H. (2020). Un/knowing & un/doing sexuality & gender diversity. The Global Anti-gender Movement against SOGIE Rights and Academic Freedom, Oslo: SAIH

McEwen, H. (2019). Suspect Sexualities: Contextualizing rumors of homosexuality within the colonial history of population control. Critical African Studies, 11(3), 266-284.

McEwen, H. (2018). Weaponising rhetorics of 'family': the mobilisation of pro-family politics in Africa. African Journal of Rhetoric, 10(1), 144-180.

McEwen, H. (2017). Nuclear power: The family in decolonial perspective and ‘pro-family’ politics in Africa. Development Southern Africa, 34(6), 738-751.

McEwen, H., & Steyn, M. (2016). Politics of faith: Transforming religious communities and spiritual subjectivities in post-apartheid South Africa. HTS Theological Studies, 72(1), 1-8.

McEwen, H. (2016). Transatlantic Knowledge Politics of Sexuality. Critical Philosophy of Race, 4(2), 239-262.

McEwen, H., & Milani, T. M. (2014). queer & trans Art-iculations: Decolonising gender and sexualities in the global South. Agenda, 28(4), 3-8.

Blanckenberg, L., & McEwen, H. (2014). The writing is on the wall: Affect and conscientisation in the queer & trans art-iculations talk-back station. Agenda, 28(4), 61-74.