DR. CELESTE WATKINS-HAYES
PROFESSOR | AUTHOR | SPEAKER | CHANGE-MAKER
How do we address the dynamics that limit human potential?
That question is at the heart of all of my work. As a scholar, I believe in the power of research, teaching, speaking, policy analysis, and community engagement to confront the challenges that limit access to opportunity and perpetuate inequities. I’m currently a University Diversity and Social Transformation Professor, the Jean E. Fairfax Collegiate Professor of Public Policy, and Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. Prior to joining the faculty at U of M, I spent eighteen years at Northwestern University as a professor of sociology and African American studies and Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Policy Research. My work focuses on inequality; public policy; HIV/AIDS; poverty; and race, class, and gender studies. Through my administrative roles at Northwestern and the University of Michigan, and as a former Trustee at Spelman College, I am also deeply engaged in issues related to higher education.
Thank you for visiting my website where you can find information about my research, leadership, media appearances, and community engagement. I am also available for Author Talks & Book Readings, Keynote Speeches, Audience Q & A's, and Media Interviews. I look forward to being in conversation with you.
Warmest regards, Dr. Celeste Watkins-Hayes
IN THE COMMUNITY
REMAKING A LIFE: The Book Tour
Celeste’s latest book, Remaking a Life: How Women Living with HIV/AIDS Confront Inequality, is an examination of the decades-long transformation of the AIDS epidemic told through the voices of female AIDS activists, policy officials, advocates, and women living with HIV/AIDS who have been on the front lines of this fight. The narrative reveals how women confront not only a disease that can destroy their bodies but also the economic, social, and political inequities that threaten their lives before and after diagnosis. Remaking a Life is nevertheless a hopeful book that uncovers important lessons gleaned from women’s leadership in the AIDS movement and offers a path for healing injuries of inequality that can be replicated in other arenas. Remaking a Life has won five book awards in the fields of sociology and women’s studies.
Celeste was honored to share the book with friends, partners in the HIV community, and members of the media during her recent book tour.
Celeste delivering the keynote at an HIV Community Summit hosted by ViiV Healthcare
Celeste with David Ernesto Munar, President & CEO of Howard Brown Health, at WBEZ Studios in Chicago
Celeste celebrating the publication of Remaking a Life with Courtney B. Vance
Celeste visiting with Jonathan Van Ness to record a podcast episode of “Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness”
A mentor-mentees reunion! Celeste celebrates the publication of her book with two very special people from her time as a Spelman College undergraduate: her mentor Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole and her dear friend The Honorable Stacey Abrams
Celeste welcoming her dear friend and colleague, Dr. Dwight McBride, to her Atlanta book party