Lauren received her MA in English Literature from the University of Wyoming in 2012. Before pursuing her PhD at the University of New Mexico, Lauren worked as a press intern in the United States Senate and taught as full-time Humanities faculty at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Lauren's publications include multiple entries on graphic novel writers and illustrators in the Edinburgh Biographical Dictionary (EBD) of Scottish Writers and a chapter in the forthcoming book "Teaching Graphic Novels in the English Classroom: Pedagogical Possibilities of Multimodal Literacy Engagement" (Palgrave Macmillan 2018). She most recently presented on a Presidential Panel at the 2017 MLA conference in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, discussing the expansion of the EBD.
Lauren's research interests include 19th and 20th Century American literature, graphic novels, Scottish literature, and Western environmentalist/nature writing.