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Megan M. Henley PhD, received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Irvine and went on to earn her Master of Arts and PhD in sociology from the University of Arizona. An associate professor of sociology, she teaches Sociology of Marriage and Families, General Sociology, Introduction to Sociological Inquiry, Contemporary Sociological Perspectives, Sociology of Health and Illness, Sociology of Sexuality and the Senior Capstone. In all of her courses, she emphasizes the sociology present in everyday life. She integrates real-world examples of sociological phenomena in order to guide students to develop a sociological lens for understanding our ever-changing world.

Henley’s research focuses on issues related to gender, health and reproduction. She has published several articles on maternal healthcare inequalities, bridging the discipline of sociology with public health. She enjoys conducting research that not only illuminates social problems but also provides insight into better paths forward.
In her free time, she can be found hanging out with her friends, family members and cats (who are also family members). She enjoys Pilates, music and travel.

Megan Henley's Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications

2022 Henley, Megan M. “Walking That Fine Line: Doulas as Overseers of
Evidence-Based Practice.” Sociological Perspectives 00(0):1-20.

2020 Henley, Megan M. “’The Goddess of the Room’: Birth as a Feminist Issue among Doulas and Mothers.” Women’s Studies International Forum

2018 Morton, Christine H., Megan M. Henley, Marla Seacrist, and Louise
Marie Roth. “Bearing Witness: U.S. and Canadian Maternity Support
Workers’ Observations of Disrespectful Care in Childbirth.” Birth 45:263-274.

2017 Naiman-Sessions, Miriam, Megan M. Henley and Louise Marie Roth.
“Bearing the Burden of Care: Emotional Burnout Among Maternity Support Workers.” Health and Health Care Concerns Among Women and Racial and Ethnic Minorities, edited by Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld. Research in the Sociology of Health Care 35:99-125.

2016 Roth, Louise Marie, Megan M. Henley, Marla Seacrist, and Christine H.
Morton. “North American Nurses’ and Doulas’ Views of Each Other.” Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing 45:790-800.

2015 Henley, Megan M. “Alternative and Authoritative Knowledge: The Role of Certification for Defining Expertise Among Doulas.” Social Currents 2(3):260-279.

2015 Henley, Megan M. “Women’s Success in Academic Science:
Challenges to Breaking through the Ivory Ceiling.” Sociology Compass

2012 Roth, Louise Marie, and Megan M. Henley. “Unequal Motherhood:
Racial-Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Cesarean Sections in the United States.” Social Problems 59(2):207-227.