Claire Whitlinger’s research examines how and with what consequences communities commemorate violent pasts. In particular, her work focuses on collective memory, social movements, and the legacy of racial inequity in the United States. Dr. Whitlinger’s current book project tentatively titled “Between Remembrance and Repair” examines these issues in the context of Philadelphia, Mississippi – the town notorious for the silence and denial surrounding the 1964 “Mississippi Burning” murders. Her work has appeared in Sociological Forum, Race and Justice, and the Annual Review of Law and Social Science.
Claire Whitlinger earned her BA degree in sociology from the George Washington University and her MA and PhD degrees in sociology from the University of Michigan. Currently, she teaches courses on social movements, race and ethnicity, and qualitative research methods.