Professor Hays examines the intersection of race and environment in an effort to apprehend the ways in which we 'see' race and racial difference through the landscape: how the natural world comes to be racialized. Her recent publications, in Tourist Studies and Environmental Sociology, focus on the practice of safari in Tanzania during the colonial and postcolonial era. Hays also has two articles currently under review: 'The Park as Racial Practice' and '#Safari, Terroir & Wilderness 2.0.' Her research has been supported by Fulbright-Hays, the National Science Foundation, Foreign Language and Area Studies, the Carter G Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies at the University of Virginia, the Kansas African Studies Center at the University of Kansas, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society at LMU Munich (postponed), and internal grants from Yale University and Gettysburg College.

Professor Hays is currently at work on a manuscript entitled Safari: Racial Topographies of African Natures, a social-historical examination of colonial travel practices and wildlife conservation in Tanganyika. Her next book project, tentatively entitled Violent Natures: From Coercive Conservation to Climate Change in Africa, will continue to investigate the perceived relationship between race and nature by expanding the spatial and temporal lens to focus on the more violent aspects of conservation and climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has presented her research at a number of professional conferences, including the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, the Eastern Sociological Society, the American Anthropological Association, the African Studies Association, and the International Sociological Association. She has given invited lectures at the University of Kansas, Lafayette College, and the University of Virginia, and will be giving an invited lecture at Smith College in April, 2018.

At Gettysburg College, Professor Hays teaches courses on research methods (SOC 292; SOC 323) and race (SOC 209), as well as an introductory course for the major (SOC 101). Her teaching has been supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Johnson Center for Creative Teaching and Learning at Gettysburg, and the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia. Before coming to Gettysburg, she taught undergraduate courses in sociology and African studies the University of Virginia, Mount Holyoke College, and Yale University.


Cassie M. Hays

Cassie M. Hays
Assistant Professor, Sociology

Phone: (717) 337 - 6336

Box: Campus Box 0412

Address: Glatfelter Hall
Room 111 C
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400

PhD Sociology, Yale University, 2009
MA Sociology, Yale University, 2004
MS School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, Yale University, 2002
BA High Honors, Biological Sciences, Smith College, 1999

Academic Focus:
Social Ecology, Critical Race Theory, Postcolonial Studies, African Studies