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Claire Fontaine, PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn SP2

Research Interests

Urban education

Digital media and online privacy

Identity, development, and agency

Gender and power

Visual methods

Qualitative research design

Claire Fontaine, PhD, is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice. Claire’s research examines the impacts of networked technologies in the lives of diverse children, youth, young adults, and families, and their relevance to educational practice, teachers’ work, and family life. Her work is methodologically eclectic, drawing on participatory visual methods, narrative analysis, and other qualitative techniques; analytically, her work is united by a focus on gender, power, and agency. She is also affiliated with the SexGen Policy Lab, where she collaborates with Dr. Castro Baker conducting participatory mixed methods research with Coptic Egyptian families in Jersey City, focusing on the digital privacy practices of teens and parents.

Claire holds a PhD in Urban Education from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (2015) and a BA in the College of Letters from Wesleyan University (2002). She began her career teaching English through the New York City Teaching Fellows program at an alternative transfer school for overage under-credited students in Brooklyn, New York. In recent years she has also worked in the areas of teacher education and coaching, youth development, and college access.

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