Claire Shennan is a Senior Legal Assistant in Sanford Heisler Sharp’s New York office. Claire graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Her coursework focused on the social histories of marginalized populations in the United States during the twentieth century, particularly as they pertained to the experiences of women. In her final year, she completed an independent study on tensions between the welfare rights movement and the women’s rights movement over the issue of involuntary sterilization, which was published in The University of Michigan Journal of History.
While at Brown, Claire worked as a Peer Advisor in the Office of International Programs and as a mentor to first years in Brown’s Meiklejohn Advising Program and First Readings Program. She also participated in the Ivy Film Festival, the largest collegiate film festival in the country, and spent her junior fall at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland.
After graduating, Claire attended the University of Cambridge, where she received a Masters of Philosophy with distinction in History. Her dissertation studied the responses of three political organizations to a particular legal case, Relf v. Weinberger, which concerned the forced sterilization of welfare recipients. She is considering law school in the future.
- B.A., Brown University, 2016
- M.Phil., University of Cambridge, 2017