Haeny studies how children and teachers mobilize spaces of play where creativity, social relationships, and civic engagement take precedence over standardization and regulation. Stemming from work in K-2 classrooms, she explores the ways children playfully enter into curricular engagements, taking seriously the work of play as both an intellectual and social practice (read a brief blog post here). Throughout her research, she features the capacity of both children and teachers to reimagine curriculum that works towards social change and justice. She presents, writes, and creates with teachers across multiple platforms, including the Reimagining Education Summer Institute, working for several years alongside scholars and teachers on teacher leadership, identity, racial reckoning, and collective healing and transformation. Her work can also be found in Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, Teachers College Record, Harvard Educational Review, Research on the Teaching of English, Urban Education, and Language Arts. At Teachers College, Haeny teaches courses on play, popular culture, literacy, contemporary childhoods, curriculum, and qualitative methodologies. Her current and future work sits at the intersection of public scholarship, social action, and interdisciplinary collaboration. As an affiliate faculty of the Digital Futures Institute, she co-hosts the podcast, Pop and Play, where she talks to designers, educators, gamers, media scholars, literacy theorists, and kids on what play and pop culture mean for identity and well-being.