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.
In addition to her academic research, Haley has also provided expertise on the anti-gender movement, its discourses, and mobilization strategies for UNESCO, UNFPA, and UNRISD, particularly in relation to the movement’s coordinated opposition campaigning against sexual and reproductive rights, health, and education. Haley has also worked with local and international nongovernmental organisations to raise awareness of pro-family/anti-gender movement building. In 2020, she investigated anti-gender attacks on the academic freedom of gender studies scholars and programmes around the world for the for the Student and Academics International Assistance Fund of Norway (SAIH). The result of the research was an open access report and video aiming to raise awareness about the ways in which anti-gender movements are threatening scientific fields that have been integral within advocacy for sexual and reproductive justice.
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.