Haley Swenson is the deputy director of the Better Life Lab. Swenson directs major research projects for the Lab, and leads the team’s editorial and impact strategy. She is also the lead content producer for BLLx, a behavioral-science informed tool for helping families better share the load at home.
Swenson is an expert on the relationship between gender inequality at work and gender inequality at home, as well as their intersections with racial and economic injustice. 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 was a college instructor, where she taught courses on gender and work as well as race, gender, and popular culture. She is a long-time community activist and has volunteered on a variety of campaigns, ranging from housing and racial 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 home in Washington, D.C., she shares household chores with her partner and their two cats: Shosanna Meowmieux and Honeysuckle Bertolt.