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Claire Maiers

Claire Maiers

Associate Fellow

Claire Maiers is a graduate student in the Sociology Department. In addition to her sociological research, she has also completed a master’s degree in musicology at Tufts University, where she researched the connection between cultural values and the business practices of nonprofit music organizations. Her current interests include cultural narratives, group identity, and scripts of justification and reasoning. Recently, Claire completed a master’s thesis which examined the available frameworks and scripts used by groups to make and justify contested claims. Specifically, her work considered the shared scripts used by three groups (a Native American Tribe, Ancient Astronaut Theorists, and the Daughters of the Revolution) to make claims about their ancestry and origins. Currently, Claire is exploring research possibilities for her dissertation. She hopes to expand her work on scripts of justification and reasoning to new empirical settings.

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