Haley Pilgrim

Research Interests: 

Race/ethnicity; Social stratification; Identity formation and performance; Inter-ethnic group relations

Haley Pilgrim is a 4th year PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated Cum Laude from Northwestern University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy in 2014. Her research interests focus on the construction of racial groups and meanings of racial identification choices, specifically related to the multiracial population. For her Master’s Thesis, she examined the influence of reflected appraisals on identification with racial groups through conducting interviews with 30 black-white multiracial young adults. Pilgrim presented findings from her Thesis at Penn’s first annual Grad Ben Talks and received both the Social Science division and Audience Choice awards. In 2018, she won the Critical Mixed Race Studies Paul Spickard Graduate Student Paper Award for her paper, "'But I Just Look So White:' The Identity Choices and Racialized Emotional Work of Second-Generation Black-White Multiracials.”

Pilgrim has been a Teaching Assistant and led recitations for Sociology of the Family (Soci 004), Race, Science and Justice (Soci  307/ Afrc 307), and Social Statistics (Soc 120). She was honored in Spring 2018 with the highly competitive Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students. In addition to teaching in the academic year, she works as Teaching Fellow for the Social Justice Research Academy as a part of Penn Summer. She continues to act as a mentor for undergraduate students through her role as a Graduate Associate with College House and Academic Services.

In addition to this work with undergraduate students, Haley is actively involved in Penn's graduate community as a Fontaine Fellow, member of the Black Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (BGAPSA), co-founder of the Graduate Sociology Society, and President of the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly (GAPSA).

You can follow her on Twitter, @HaleyGPilgrim, where she posts her interests of race relations, multiraciality, inequality, and politics.
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