Clare is pursuing a PhD in Government at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating from Southwestern in 2008 she spent several years working in politics, both in campaign coordination and as a bill analyst at the Senate Research Center. In 2010 she returned to school to study American Politics and Public Policy. Her research largely focuses on food politics and policy, and particularly on the impact of social capital formation on political participation. Clare spends her free time volunteering with a community garden, reading, and cooking (and eating, obviously).