Tim Haney

Office:    B349C  
Phone:  403.440.8659
E-mail:  thaney@mtroyal.ca

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

Curriculum Vitae

Tim Haney’s teaching and research interests include the sociology of disaster, environmental sociology, urban sociology, and quantitative methods. He is serving as the Director of MRU’s new Centre for Community Disaster Research (CCDR).

After living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina (2005) and in Calgary during the Southern Alberta flood (2013), Tim primarily identifies as a disaster researcher. His interests revolve around how families, neighbourhoods, and communities prepare for, evacuate from, and recover from floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, oil spills, and other catastrophic events. He is currently launching two new SSHRC-funded projects related to recovery in Calgary and High River from 2013's catastrophic Southern Alberta flood.

This core interest in disaster and catastrophe led to papers analyzing the use of social capital by residents of two highly unequal neighbourhoods before, during, and after Hurricane Katrina, as well as an analysis of the strategies employed by families deciding whether, when, and how to evacuate from an impending disaster. More recently, Dr. Haney has done analyses of environmental justice in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is currently in the process of collecting data on the use of social networks during evacuation and displacement from the 2013 flooding in Calgary (funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant) and on gender, family, and parenting dynamics in the aftermath of the flooding in High River, Alberta (funded by a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant).

All of Tim’s research involves the question of how inequalities operate across space and through time. Beyond work on disaster, he has analyzed the relationship between neighbourhood conditions and self-esteem, 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 (the latter was selected as the best paper published in the Journal of Urban Affairs for 2013).

In 2013, Dr. Haney also launched the inaugural Field School in Sociology, which took MRU students to New Orleans, Louisiana to learn about recovery from both Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster and to serve the community.

Visit Tim's webpage at: www.timhaneyphd.com

The Sociology of Disaster
Environmental Sociology
Urban Sociology
Quantitative Methods and Statistics
Introduction to Social Research Methods
The Sociological Imagination
Field School in the Sociology of Disaster


Haney, Timothy J. (2015). "Factory to Faculty: Socioeconomic Difference and the Educational Experiences of University Professors." Canadian Review of Sociology 52(2): 160-686.

Haney, Timothy J. (2013) “Off to Market: Neighborhood and Individual Employment Barriers for Women in 21st Century U.S. Cities.” Journal of Urban Affairs. 35(3): 303-325.

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.

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.