Lauren Levitt is a Ph.D. candidate in Communication at USC, where she is also pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research and teaching focuses on critical cultural studies and gender and sexuality studies, with an additional expertise in media studies. Her dissertation project draws on in-depth interviews and participant observation to examine how sex workers and sex workers' rights activists in New York and Los Angeles create non-biological kinship structures and engage in non-capitalist caring and sharing practices in order to manage physical and financial precarity, social stigma, and criminalization. Lauren was a 2020-2021 American Association of University Women American Fellow, and she has work on the political and moral economy of sex work forthcoming in the anthology GIG ECONOMY: WORKERS AND MEDIA IN THE AGE OF CONVERGENCE and in SPECTATOR, the graduate journal of Cinema and Media Studies at USC. She also acts as a sex workers' rights advocate at public and academic events and in the media.