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My interests and expertise include community development, urbanization processes, affordable housing, and cultural studies. My NSF-funded research examines social dynamics in community development processes and explores policy frameworks relevant to housing stability in rapidly developing neighborhoods.

I have conducted extensive service and outreach around housing and community development. I worked with community groups in Georgia cities to build their knowledge of local housing policy, tools, and grants as part of my NSF Broader Impacts outreach. I helped to form the Reese-Hancock Research Collaborative in Athens, Georgia in 2015, and have worked with the Collaborative since to develop research initiatives and secure grant funding. 

Courses Taught



Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016

Introduction to Human Geography (Instructor of Record)

Spring 2015                

Graduate Seminar in Teaching (Instructor of Record)

Spring 2014                

Introduction to Urban Geography (Teaching Assistant and Service Learning Coordinator)

Fall 2012                    

Honors Introduction to Human Geography (Teaching Assistant)

Summer 2012            

Introduction to Cultural Geography (Teaching Assistant)



MA (2012), University of Georgia Geography

BA (2008), Smith College Economics

Degree Completion Date:

National Science Foundation #1459256, 4/5/2015-9/30/2018. Image removed.Doctoral Dissertation Research: Faith-Based Organizations, Race and Community Development. $16,000.

Of note:

2015-2016 NSF DDRI

2012-2016 Departmental Assistantship

2015 Dean's Award, University of Georgia

2014 Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, University of Georgia

2012 Nominated to Phi Kappa Phi, University of Georgia

2010-2012 Graduate School Research Assistantship, University of Georgia

Selected Publications:

Bolton, Claire and Steven Holloway (2015). "Exclusion, Segregation, and Exploitation: Limited Impacts of Civil Rights Legislation." Political Geography.

Bolton, Claire (2015). "Tracing Faith-Based Service Landscapes: The Contours of Messiness at the Open Door Community in Atlanta." Urban Geography 36(2): 221-235.