Lauren is currently a PhD Candidate in History at the History Department and the Anne Tanenbaum Center for Jewish Studies. Lauren's research focuses on Polish and Soviet forced labor in Germany during WWII, particularly the establishment, management, and operation of "foreign child-care facilities" and the issues of pregnancy, childbirth, and child-rearing. Her master’s thesis, titled “Between Extermination and Child-Rearing: The Foreign Child-Care Facilities of Volkswagen and Velpke,” analyzed two such "foreign child-care facilities." She works under the supervisions of Professors Doris Bergen and Piotr Wrobel. Lauren specializes in Holocaust Studies, Conflict, Violence, and Genocide, Twentieth Century Europe, and Jewish Studies.
- 2019 - 2024 Connaught International Scholarship, University of Toronto
- 2018 - 2019 U.S. Student Fulbright Research Grant, U.S. Department of State
- 2017 Auschwitz Jewish Center Fellowship, Auschwitz Jewish Center
- 2017 Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies Summer Graduate Research Assistantship, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
- MA, University of Vermont (2018)
- BA, University of Maryland (2015)