Claire W. Herbert

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Graduate Student

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Population Studies Trainee, Institute for Social Research
  • Fields of Study
    • Resistance and Social Change, Law and Society, Incarceration and Prisoner Reentry, Homelessness and Housing Instability, Urban Sociology, Poverty
  • About

    Broadly, my research is concerned with understanding experiences of poverty and compounded disadvantages within urban environments. My dissertation studies acts of "every-day" resistance to the law through the illegal use of private property in Detroit, Michigan. I examine the context within which actions such as squatting and scrapping arise, the legal consciousness of participants and observers, and the possibility for social change arising from these every-day acts of resistance. Other research focuses on the residential experiences of former prisoners who face many obstacles to securing stable housing, and the spatial inequality of Johannesburg, South Africa post-apartheid.

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Political Science, Minor in Architecture, University of Oregon 2006
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Resistance and Social Change, Law and Society, Incarceration and Prisoner Reentry, Homelessness and Housing Instability, Urban Sociology, Poverty
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Sandra Levitsky and Howard Kimeldorf (co-chairs), David Harding, Martin Murray