Haley Swenson is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and the editorial director for Better Life Lab. She works with the BLL team to place reported stories and critical commentary on public policy, gender inequality, and work-life balance in media outlets like Slate, The Atlantic, CNN, and many others. She is also an associate producer on the hit Better Life Lab podcast.
After earning a BA from Vanderbilt University, Swenson earned an MA and a PhD in women's, gender, and sexuality studies from The Ohio State University. Her dissertation was titled Reproducing Inequality: Cooking, Cleaning, and Caring in the Austerity Age. Before coming to New America, Swenson taught college writing courses, as well as a variety of courses on gender and work-related topics. She is a long-time community activist and has volunteered on a variety of campaigns, ranging from housing justice to reforming campus sexual assault policies.
Swenson grew up in a small town in Utah and returns home as often as possible to breathe in the mountain air and to visit her overworked but close-knit family. At her new home in Washington, D.C., she shares household chores with her roommates: her younger sister and her cat, Shosanna.