Claire Martens

Claire Martens is originally from Cleveland, Ohio, where she became interested in the performing arts and studying history. Because her grandmother used to work at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Claire found herself drawn to the paleoanthropology exhibits famous for depicting 'Lucy'. After arriving to Middlebury College, Claire began involvement in the satirical newspaper and one of the campus’s improvisational comedy groups. The first introduction to anthropology was through archaeology, but Claire is now juggling a mix of interest in bio anthropology, archaeology, and sociocultural anthropology. During her academic career, Claire has dived deeper into the contexts of museum and archaeology ethics behavior, providing her an opportunity to 're-learn' facets of the discipline after many lovely visits to museums. Currently, one of her main long-term interests is the process of museum repatriation and restructuring. Her current main research interest relates to ‘Generation Z’s digital behavior, dissent, and comedic nuance/irony. She aims to study the tension that the digital generation faces between the inundation of information and the increased agency to shape self-hood. Surveys that have mapped this generation's consumption habits have acknowledge the immense power Gen Z has on the trajectory of digital capitalism, social media, and political dissent. The project aims to study "what we are laughing at": looking critically at specifically generational digital behaviors validating sociopolitical in-group boundaries (certain meme formats, platforms, performances, 'cancel culture', etc) Ideally, Claire will go to grad school in either Bio, Physical, or Sociocultural Anthropology.

Claire Martens