History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Claire Pia Love

Claire Pia Love

U.S. History: Cultural history, history of technology, space history, war and society, Cold War, science fiction, space colonies, civil defense.

Claire is a doctoral candidate at GMU. Her current research focuses on space colonies and civil defense in order to shed light on political, social, economic, and cultural conditions driving historic developments in the 1970s. She has taught both slavery and the Cold War domestic ideal and its relationship to Cold War nuclear culture. She has extensive experience teaching students collegiate-level critical thinking and writing skills in both one-on-one and group settings.

Having worked at both Historic Huntley at Huntley Meadows Park in Alexandria Virginia and the National Women's History Museum (NWHM), Claire is also experienced in public history. At Huntley, Claire led guided tours of the historic house to visitors of all ages. She also researched, wrote, and presented a wagon-ride tour of Huntley Meadows focusing on the park's twentieth century history. The program is still in use by the park to this day. At the NWHM, Claire researched and helped to write two online exhibits: one on the history of Chinese American women, and the other on the history of women in film

More of Claire's writing can be found on her blog at lovehistory.net.


George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
American History, Ph.D.
Expected Degree Spring 2021.
Focus on 20th century American popular culture, race, gender, science fiction, space and technology, identity formation, war and society (Cold War and civil defense), and digital history (see lovehistory.net). Additional interests outside core focus include North American slavery.

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
American History, Master of Arts
Degree Awarded December, 2014.

George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia
History, Bachelor of Arts
Degree Awarded in December, 2008.