Claire Bolton

Phone: (706) 542-2926
Fax: (706) 542-2388
Office: Geography-Geology Building, Room 149N

Research Interests

My research critically examines the intersections between evangelical Christianity, racial formation, and the politics of community development. My dissertation seeks to understand how and to what extent a faith-based (though friendly to postsecular alliances) community development network reinforces or challenges the racial inequalities that underlie urban poverty in the United States.



  • MA (2012), University of Georgia Geography
  • BA (2008), Smith College Economics

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.