Haley McInnis

BS: Arizona State University, Sociology, 2013

BS: Arizona State University, Psychology, 2013

Research Interests: Comparative-historical sociology; Science, knowledge, and technology; Environmental sociology; Social movements

Personal Website: http://www.haleymcinnis.com/

I am a qualitative sociologist and a PhD candidate in the sociology department at the University of California San Diego.  My current dissertation research seeks to answer the deceptively simple question: When is a drought a drought? At the intersection of the environment, politics, and science, this research interrogates the social components of drought and the ways in which this “natural” phenomenon is socially constructed.  I argue that the material and the discursive are brought together through the measurement and monitoring techniques in California’s expansive water system, and they in turn produce, alongside actors, the natural phenomenon we call drought. Taking a comparative historical approach, I compare droughts in California from 1976 - 2017 to study the declarations of drought, policy responses, and rescinding drought declarations.

My research has been funded by the UC San Diego's Chancellor’s Research Excellence Scholarship (CRES), the Judith and Neil Morgan Endowed Fellowship, and the UC San Diego Department of Sociology Summer Research Grant.

I find great fulfillment in teaching in addition to my research.  I have had the pleasure of teaching a variety of courses during my time at UC San Diego. I have been a teaching assistant in a number of sociology courses, an instructor in writing programs, and recently as a writing consultant for graduate students at the Writing Hub in the Teaching and Learning Commons.