The 2021 Logansport High School Hall of Distinction Inductee is 2007 graduate and class valedictorian, Claire Brown. We look forward to recognizing Claire at the 150th Commencement Ceremony on Sunday, June 6 at 2:00 p.m. in the Berry Bowl.
Claire graduated summa cum laude from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology. She was awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to continue her studies, and after leaving Notre Dame she entered into the graduate program in the Department of Anthropology at Binghamton University, State University of New York. She earned her Master of Arts degree in 2013, and her Ph.D. in 2019.
Claire has been researching in Ireland since the summer of 2008, when she joined an archaeological field research project with the Anthropology Department at Notre Dame.
She continued to research in Ireland every summer during her undergraduate and graduate degrees, and developed her own cultural anthropology research project studying the social, cultural, political, and economic impacts of human-animal relations in rural Ireland.
She currently resides in the West of Ireland and works as a social science postdoctoral research fellow in the Rural Economy and Development Programme at Teagasc (The Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority).
Her present research explores the socioeconomic and ethical implications of digitalization in the agriculture and forestry sectors in Ireland, and she works as part of an interdisciplinary research team to inform good data governance practices within Irish agriculture and forestry.