CLAIRE SNYDER-HALL is a political theorist, with a specialization in small D democracy, who works as a writer and political consultant, serving as Director of Common Cause Delaware and working as a Research Deputy with the Kettering Foundation. In addition, she co-edits  the academic journal, New Political Science: A Journal of Politics and Culture. Her research focuses on issues of power and resistance, including authoritarianism, militarism, political culture, gender & sexuality, civic engagement, social movements, and ideologies.

Claire just completed an auto-ethnographic study that analyzes her grassroots campaign for state senate in 2014, her eight years as a leader in the Democratic Party, her work as a lobbyist for democracy reform in the state legislature, and her experiences with progressive social movements and community-building. Battling the Prince: A Woman Fights for Democracy is forthcoming in 2021 with SUNY Press.

Claire’s other publications include Right-Wing Populism and the Media (2014), co-edited with Cynthia Burack; the award-winning Gay Marriage and Democracy: Equality for All (2006); and Citizen-Soldiers and Manly Warriors: Military Service and Gender in the Civic Republican Tradition (1999); as well as dozens of articles and essays on issues of concern to democrats, feminists, and progressives. 

Claire spent a large part of her career in academia. She served as a tenure-line faculty member at George Mason University for twelve years, where she taught political theory, American political thought, democratic theory, and gender & politics, and also directed a number of academic programs. Prior to that, she was an assistant professor at Illinois State University and has also taught courses at Hunter College, Rutgers University, Princeton University, and New College of Florida.

For almost 25 years, Claire has worked within the national civic engagement and deliberative democracy community. A long time associate of The Kettering Foundation, she currently works as a Research Deputy, focusing on ways to strengthen the connection between elected officials and public life. Claire has also served as Campus Coordinator for the American Democracy Project at Mason, Service-Learning Instructor at Rutgers, and Coordinator of the Walt Whitman Center for the Culture and Politics of Democracy, under the direction of the late Dr. Benjamin R. Barber.

Claire holds a PhD in political science from Rutgers University and a BA cum laude from Smith College.

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