Lauren holds a BA in Comparative Literature from King’s College London, where she wrote her BA dissertation on the theme of pederasty in Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice and Jean Genet’s Querelle of Brest, and an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication from NYU Steinhardt, where she wrote her MA thesis on 1960s science fiction television and the aesthetics of camp. Her work explores the intersections between culture and social change with a focus on marginalized populations. Her articles “Reality Realness: Paris Is Burning and RuPaul’s Drag Race" has been published in Interventions Journal, the online journal of Columbia University’s graduate program in Modern Art, and her chapter “Batman and the Aesthetics of Camp" was recently published in the anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives. Lauren is a member of the Civic Paths research group at USC, and her chapter “Hunger Games and the Dystopian Imagination” is forthcoming in a Civic Paths anthology on the civic imagination. Lauren is also pursing a graduate certificate in Gender Studies, and she plans to write her PhD dissertation on establishment-based sex work and networks of support.