Claire has a PhD in Environmental Psychology. Her research interests center on austerity and urban disinvestment, public sector labor movement decline and revitalization, and efforts to institute community control of public institutions such as social housing and schools. Her dissertation examines how parents, students, and teachers negotiate cuts to public education in Newark. More broadly, it asks: in the post-recession conjuncture, how is austerity normalized and how is it contested? Additionally, she is a part of the Housing Environments Research Group (HERG), where she works with a team on an NSF-funded study of two community land trusts in the U.S. Her background is in union organizing and she also currently holds a Digital Pedagogy Fellowship at City Tech.