Tim Haney

Office:    B349C  
Phone:  403.440.8659

Ph.D. University of Oregon
M.A. Tulane University
B.A. Ripon College

Curriculum Vitae

Tim Haney’s teaching interests broadly include inequalities (class/race/gender) and poverty, urban sociology, research methods, quantitative methods and statistics, the sociology of work, environmental sociology, and the sociology of disaster. Tim’s research tackles fundamental questions related to how inequalities operate over space and time. This focus takes two related directions.

First, it asks: How does the sorting of individuals into highly unequal social milieu (neighbourhoods, for instance) lead to unequal outcomes following a landmark event such as a disaster or a sweeping policy change? This question led to papers analyzing the relationship between neighbourhood conditions and self-esteem, the use of social capital by residents of two highly unequal neighbourhoods before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, the effect of space and place on women welfare recipients prior to the U.S.'s welfare reform legislation, and the effect of space and place on employment immediately after these same policy changes.

More recently, these interests have led Tim to consider the role of inequality over the lifecourse. He recently began collecting data from a random sample of university faculty members in Canada, culminating in a book manuscript called Factory to Faculty: Class, Socioeconomic Background, and the Canadian Professoriate (in progress). Preliminary results from this project suggest that faculty members from working-class and poverty-class backgrounds faced additional barriers in their educational trajectories, continue to feel out of place in the academy, approach their research and teaching differently than more privileged colleagues, and maintain several class-related cultural differences that set them apart from the dominant, middle class culture of the university. Ultimately, the project will shed light on how initial socioeconomic disparities translate into career-spanning differences and inequalities, while also creating a sustained discourse about class inequality in the Canadian academy.

Tim grew up in and around the automobile industry in Janesville, Wisconsin, home (until recently) of a large General Motors production facility. Through time spent working at the plant, he became a third generation automobile worker. This experience provided the impetus for his scholarly interests in class inequality, the sociology of work, and labour market dynamics. He resided in New Orleans before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, paving the way for his interests in the sociology of disaster and post-Katrina New Orleans.

Visit Tim's webpage at:

Urban Sociology
The Sociology of Disaster
Environmental Sociology
Quantitative Methods and Statistics
Introduction to Social Research Methods
The Sociological Imagination
Field School in the Sociology of Disaster (New Orleans, LA)

Haney, Timothy J.   (Forthcoming)  “Off to Market:  Neighborhood and Individual Employment Barriers for Women in 21st Century U.S. Cities.” Journal of Urban Affairs.

Haney, Timothy J. and Kristen Barber.  (2013)  “Reconciling Academic Objectivity and Subjective Trauma:  The Double Consciousness of Sociologists who Experienced Hurricane Katrina.”  Critical Sociology.  39(1): 105-122.

Haney, Timothy J. and James R. Elliott.  (2013)  “The Sociological Determination: A Reflexive Look at Conducting Local Disaster Research after Hurricane Katrina.” Sociology Mind  3(1): 7-15. 

Haney, Timothy J.  (2011)  “The Geographic Context of ‘Personal Responsibility’:  The Spatiality of Employment and Welfare Receipt among Unmarried Urban Women.”  Women’s Health and Urban Life  10(2): 13-36.

Elliott, James R., Timothy J. Haney, and Petrice Sams-Abiodun.  (2010)  “Limits to Social Capital: Comparing Network Assistance in Two New Orleans Neighborhoods Devastated by Hurricane Katrina.”  The Sociological Quarterly  51(4): 624-648.

Abelev, Melissa, M. Bess Vincent, and Timothy J. Haney.  (2008)  “The Bottom Line: An Exercise to Help Students Understand How Inequality is Created in American Society.” Teaching Sociology  36(2): 150-160.

Haney, Timothy J.  (2007)  “’Broken Windows’ and Self-Esteem: Subjective Understandings of Neighborhood Poverty and Disorder.” Social Science Research 36(3): 968-994.