Haley Swenson

Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, Better Life Lab

Haley Swenson is a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow and the editor of the Better Life Lab's Slate channel, which showcases the latest research and writing on American families, gender parity, and work-life balance. She has written extensively on the difficulties of advancing gender and racial equality while American families struggle to navigate the new economy.

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. 

All Work

Four Fixes to End the Gender Pay Gap That Might Actually Work.

Haley Swenson writes for the Better Life Lab blog on Slate about four ways to fix the gender pay gap.

What Is 'Gender Parity'?

It's the fancy-sounding metric beneath the oft-cited data point that women make under 80 cents for every dollar men make.