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Claire Herbert, PhD

Claire Herbert, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Sociology
Office: 3600 Market Street, Room 729
Phone: 215.895.3265
Fax: 215.571.4454


  • PhD, Sociology, University of Michigan
  • MA, Sociology, University of Michigan
  • BS, Sociology and Political Science Majors, University of Oregon

Research Interests:

  • Urban sociology
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Criminology
  • Law and society
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Resistance
  • Social change


Claire completed her PhD in Sociology at the University of Michigan where she was also a trainee in the Population Studies Center at the Institute for Social Research. Her dissertation project studied the illegal use of private property in Detroit, Michigan by both longtime residents of the city and newcomers who squat houses, scrap metal from abandoned buildings or farm on vacant lots. Detailing the informal normativity, grass-roots regulatory systems and varied practices surrounding illegal property use unveils dynamics that shape individual trajectories, neighborhood conditions and mechanisms of gentrification and exclusion that are unique to declining cities.

Selected Publications:

  • Herbert Claire W., Morenoff Jeffrey D., and Harding David J. 2015. " "Homelessness and Housing Insecurity Among Former Prisoners." Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences. 1:2, 44-79
  • Herbert, Claire W. and Martin J. Murray. 2015. "Building From Scratch: New Cities, Privatized Urbanism and the Spatial Restructuring of Johannesburg after Apartheid". International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. 39:3 (May 2015). DOI: 10.1111/1468-2427.12180
  • Harding, David J, Jeffrey D Morenoff, and Claire W Herbert. 2013. “Home Is Hard to Find: Neighborhoods, Institutions, and the Residential Trajectories of Returning Prisoners.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 647 (1) (May 1): 214–236. doi:10.1177/0002716213477070.