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Claire Herbert

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Office: 729 PLC
  • Office Hours: Spring 2022: By appointment only
  • Interests: Crime and socio-legal studies, property rights, housing, urban sociology, race, poverty and inequality
  • Website: Website
  • Curriculum Vitae


Professor Herbert received her B.S. in Sociology and Political Science from University of Oregon in 2006, and her Ph.D in Sociology from University of Michigan in 2016. She was an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Drexel University for three years before joining the Sociology Department at University of Oregon. Her research focuses on law, housing, incarceration, and urban sociology. She has recently published in Housing Policy Debate and City and Community. Her book, Urban Decline and the Rise of Property Informality in Detroit, is under contract with University of California Press. In this research, she examines the way that de jure illegal uses of property - like squatting, scrapping, and gardening - shape the form of the city, neighborhood conditions, and residents’ well being.


2018    Claire W. Herbert. “Squatting for Survival: Precarious Housing in a Declining U.S. City.” Housing Policy Debate. 1482:1–17. doi:10.1080/10511482.2018.1461120.

2018    Claire W. Herbert. “Like a good neighbor, squatters are there: Property and Neighborhood Stability in the Context of Urban Decline.” City and Community. 17:236-58. doi:10.1111/cico.12275

2015    Claire W. Herbert, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and David J. Harding. “Homelessness and Housing Insecurity Among Former Prisoners.” Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences inaugural issue on Severe Deprivation in America. 1:2, 44-79.