Claire Wrigley

PhD Candidate

Late Modern Europe

I am a historian of modern Europe, specializing in modern Britain and its empire. My dissertation, Family, Nation, Empire: An Imperial History of Public Housing in Britain, 1890-2017, argues that the law of public (council) housing was a domestic expression of the politics of empire and decolonization as it was designed to produce stable, productive working-class families who took a particular form, that of the white, heterosexual nuclear family. 

I am an occasional guest writer for the Social Housing Law Association, London, I have been a Scholar of Berkeley's Network for a New Political Economy since 2021 and I was the coordinator of the Berkeley-Stanford British Studies Reading Group from 2018 to 2020.

Research Interests

  • state formation
  • citizenship
  • imperialism and decolonization
  • politics
  • law

Select Fellowships and Awards

Berkeley Empirical Legal Studies Graduate Fellowship, 2023-24

North American Conference on British Studies Dissertation Fellowship, 2021-22

George Guttridge Prize for British or American Colonial History, 2023

Berkeley Economy and Society Initiative Research Grant, 2023

Graduate Division 2023 Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, 2024

Pacific Coast Conference on British Studies Graduate Prize, 2022