Department of Sociology

Chantal Hailey


Ph.D., New York University

Assistant Professor
Chantal Hailey

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Interests


race and ethnicity, stratification, urban sociology, education, and criminology

Biography


Chantal Hailey is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. Her research is at the intersections of race and ethnicity, stratification, urban sociology, education, and criminology. She is particularly interested in how micro decision-making contributes to larger macro segregation and stratification patterns and how segregation creates, sustains, and exacerbates racial, educational, and socioeconomic inequality. To understand these processes, she employs a range of methodologies, from quantitative analysis of administrative and survey data to qualitative interviews and experiments.

Her study, Choosing Schools, Choosing Safety, uses the New York City High School Admissions Process as a case study to understand individual choices and stratification in education. Employing experimental and quantitative methods, Choosing Schools, Choosing Safety  demonstrates how heuristics and racialized perceptions of safety induce families’ divergent choices schools by their associated racial demographics and, ultimately, influence racial segregation.

Dr. Hailey’s other research projects examine how spatially- and racially-concentrated practices and events, such as Stop, Question, and Frisk and the foreclosure crisis, affect educational outcomes. This work has been published in Sociology of Education, Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research, and the Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Different components of her research have been generously funded by the National Science Foundation, Institute for Education Sciences, Ford Foundation, Russell Sage Foundation, and William T. Grant Foundation.  

Before beginning her doctoral studies, Chantal was a Research Associate at The Urban Institute, where her research centered on youth and low-income housing policies. Chantal received her B.A. in Sociology from Howard University and a PhD in Sociology from New York University.

Courses


SOC 325K • Criminology

44855 • Fall 2021
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM RLP 1.106

This course is designed as an introduction to the sociology of crime. Drawing on a variety of theories and methodologies, the goal of the course is to learn how to think and write critically about crime, criminal justice, and social inequality. We will explore theories of crime and ask: What is crime? Who defines crime? How is it defined? Who benefits from these definitions? Our core work will focus on how society defines and responds to crime in varied social contexts and across individuals’ identities. First, we will focus on crime, policing, and security apparatuses in neighborhoods and schools, exploring policies and theories such as Stop, Question, and Frisk; the school-to-prison pipeline; and the carceral continuum in schools. The second portion of the course focuses on the intersection of crime and race, ethnicity, immigration, and gender by exploring mass-incarceration, criminalization of immigrants, and sexual violence. The course is empirically grounded in American history and politics and incorporates works from theoretical, quantitative, and ethnographic sociology; news media; documentaries; and blogs.

SOC 325K • Criminology-Wb

44745 • Spring 2021
Meets MW 1:00PM-2:30PM
Internet; Synchronous

This course is designed as an introduction to the sociology of crime. Drawing on a variety of theories and methodologies, the goal of the course is to learn how to think and write critically about crime, criminal justice, and social inequality. We will explore theories of crime and ask: What is crime? Who defines crime? How is it defined? Who benefits from these definitions? Our core work will focus on how society defines and responds to crime in varied social contexts and across individuals’ identities. First, we will focus on crime, policing, and security apparatuses in neighborhoods and schools, exploring policies and theories such as Stop, Question, and Frisk; the school-to-prison pipeline; and the carceral continuum in schools. The second portion of the course focuses on the intersection of crime and race, ethnicity, immigration, and gender by exploring mass-incarceration, criminalization of immigrants, and sexual violence. The course is empirically grounded in American history and politics and incorporates works from theoretical, quantitative, and ethnographic sociology; news media; documentaries; and blogs.

SOC 325K • Criminology

43270 • Fall 2020
Meets MWF 10:00AM-11:00AM GDC 2.216
Hybrid/Blended

This course is designed as an introduction to the sociology of crime. Drawing on a variety of theories and methodologies, the goal of the course is to learn how to think and write critically about crime, criminal justice, and social inequality. We will explore theories of crime and ask: What is crime? Who defines crime? How is it defined? Who benefits from these definitions? Our core work will focus on how society defines and responds to crime in varied social contexts and across individuals’ identities. First, we will focus on crime, policing, and security apparatuses in neighborhoods and schools, exploring policies and theories such as Stop, Question, and Frisk; the school-to-prison pipeline; and the carceral continuum in schools. The second portion of the course focuses on the intersection of crime and race, ethnicity, immigration, and gender by exploring mass-incarceration, criminalization of immigrants, and sexual violence. The course is empirically grounded in American history and politics and incorporates works from theoretical, quantitative, and ethnographic sociology; news media; documentaries; and blogs.

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