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Claire Straty
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Comparative Literature
Claire conducts ethnographic research for a strategy consulting firm, working mostly in New York and Copenhagen. She is currently the Senior Consultant at ReD Associates.
The Material and Cultural Reconfiguration of Rural/Small-Town Life in Northern Michigan
Faculty Sponsor: Rebecca Carter - Claire explored how rural, small-town life in Northern Michigan is changing as a result of socio-economic shifts and contemporary processes of marginalization. She utilized ethnographic research methods to examine how second-home growth, economic shifts, and rising class divisions are spurring new social configurations and altering small-town culture.