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Hailey Rheault

Title: Doctoral Student School/office: School of Humanities, Education and Social Sciences


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Hailey Rheault
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About Hailey Rheault

Hailey Rheault is a PhD student working with the ‘Work, Family, and Intimate Relations’ (WFIR) team, and she provides research communication support in the sociology department. Her research focuses on invisible disability, inclusion, diversity. social inequality, vulnerable families, and respective policy issues.

Hailey obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in Sociology in 2016 at St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Canada, where she worked as a teacher’s assistant and tutor, a research assistant and support staff member in various non-profit organizations, and as a coordinator for the federal government. During her Master of Sociology and Social Research degree between the University of Trento, Italy, and the University of Bamberg, Germany, Hailey was a research assistant for two projects at the Leibniz Institute for Educational Trajectories. After successfully defending her dissertation in 2020 on ethnic disparities in special education referrals, Hailey worked as the assistant managing editor for a peer-reviewed journal at the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research.

In her current research at Örebro University (since October 2021), Hailey is conducting a cross-national study between Canada and Sweden to understand how different discursive and institutional contexts of ‘autism spectrum disorder’ (ASD) can shape idealized ways of parenting for children with autism, and the respective impact on parents’ daily lives. In light of the potentionally intensified pressures for parents to ‘properly’ support their children’s needs, Hailey aims to derive new localized recommendations for addressing the work-family conflicts that may arise within the process of negotiating with ASD discourses and practices.


Presenter at the "Myths and Realities of the Nordic Welfare State: 30th Nordic Sociological Association Conference" (August 2022), University of Iceland. A care friendly and gender equal, Nordic Welfare state? session, paper titled: Governing ‘good’ parents to children with autism: A comparative study on early autism caregiving practices in Sweden and Canada 

Presenter at the “Sociologidagarna” (March 2022), Uppsala University. Family and close relationships session, paper titled: Becoming a good parent to a child with autism: A redefined life project for parents of children on the spectrum?

Presenter and Session Chair at “The Migration Conference” (September 2020), Tetovo -Southeast European University. Integration & beyond session, paper titled: 'Is it the language or something else?’ Navigating migrant pupils’ adversities in Bavarian primary schools.

Presenter at the “14th Annual Crossroads Interdisciplinary Health Conference” (March 2016), Dalhousie University. Disability session, paper titled “Learning about autism is tiresome. It is big. Bigger than me”: Perspectives of parents raising children with autism in New Brunswick.

Published work:

Rheault, H. (2020). ‘Is it the language or something else?’ Navigating migrant pupils’ adversities in Bavarian primary schools. In I., Sirkeci & M. Z. Alili (Eds.) TMC 2020 Proceedings: Migration and Integration (pp. 101-105). Transnational Press London.