Originally hailing from a small Central Texas town, Haile has spent most of her adult life working and playing in Austin, TX. She has a B.A. in Sociology and African-American Studies and received both her M.A. and PhD in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin. The concentration for her graduate studies focused on the African Diaspora and she also received a portfolio in Women and Gender Studies. Over the years, Dr. Cole has conducted research on alternatives to incarceration for mothers and their children in both Texas and New York as well as maternal and infant mortality for Black women nationally and in Texas. She has worked for both the state and local government assisting with research and program development, served as a consultant and contractor to a number of non-profits, and has extensive experience with community engagement, training, and group facilitation. She has spent the last 10 years devoting her time to community and social justice activism centered on the needs of poor and working class mothers and women of color in Austin, TX and is passionate about reproductive justice work. She is also a trained birth educator and birth companion (doula). In her free time, Haile likes to read, write, watch movies, try new recipes from the food network, and spend time with family and friends. She currently resides in the Chicago-area with her two children and has a faculty position at Northwestern University.