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Claire Knox

Pearson Fellow

MPP Candidate

Claire Knox is a first-year MPP student at the Harris School of Public Policy. Her academic interests include inequality, identity-based conflict, poverty alleviation, and international development. She works at the Community Programs Accelerator within the University of Chicago’s Office of Civic Engagement as a Nonprofit Manager.

Prior to her time at the University of Chicago, Knox was a Peace Fellow at the International Center for Religion and Diplomacy, which works to address religious conflict and violent extremism. She contributed to ICRD’s program development, project implementation, and data analysis, with a particular focus on programs that work in education and capacity building. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to a former ambassador, studying development and investment potential in Uganda. Knox has also conducted research on a rights-based approach to international development, which was published in the Southern California International Review. The paper analyzes the impact of neoliberal development approaches on poverty and community welfare in several Andean Ridge countries.

Knox holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs and Economics from George Washington University.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.