Claire W. Herbert

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Graduate Student

  • Affiliation(s)
    • Population Studies Trainee, Institute for Social Research
  • Fields of Study
    • Urban Sociology and Space, Housing and Homelessness, Sociology of Law, Marxism
  • About

    Generally, my research examines the spatial dynamics of inequality. I work on the Michigan Prisoner Reentry Project, studying the residential movement of Michigan parolees prior to incarceration and after release. In a collaborative research project with Prof. Martin Murray, we study the changing spatial dynamics and increasing privatization of Johannesburg, SA after apartheid. My dissertation research examines the "non-legal" use of vacant and abandoned property in Detroit through activities such as squatting and scrapping.

    Outside of school, I'm a die-hard west coaster who misses the mountains. I live with my partner, our daughter, and our two dogs.

  • Education
    • Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Political Science, Minor in Architecture, University of Oregon 2006
  • Research Areas of Interest
    • Urban sociology
    • Housing inequality and homelessness
    • Marxism, Class, Political economy and social change
    • Architectural theory
  • Dissertation Committee
    • Sandra Levitsky and Howard Kimeldorf (co-chairs), David Harding, Martin Murray