As a recipient of a Fulbright-Schuman award, Mara Heneghan is excited to conduct comparative qualitative research on how social mobilization and activism around eviction prevention and housing stability influence local, national, and European policymaking, especially in the face of increased climate migration. Her work will explore these dynamics through case studies on Ireland, Portugal, and other locations. A devoted Chicagoan, Mara is a graduate of the University of Chicago (AB’ ‘16; MA ‘22) and most recently worked as a Senior Strategist for Economic Security Project and Director of Policy in the Office of Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.


US Student Program – Fulbright-Schuman Open Study / Research Award

Education: MA in Social Sector Leadership and Nonprofit Management, University of Chicago (2022)

Field of Study: Public Policy

Project Title: “A Comparative Study on Social Mobilization and Housing Policy in the European Union”

Host Institution, Location: Universidade de Lisboa, Institute of Social Sciences

Grant Duration, Starting Date (month): 3 months, starting in October 2022