Lauren Levitt holds a BA in Comparative Literature from King's College London, where she wrote her undergraduate 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 New York University, where she wrote her master's thesis on the aesthetics of camp in 1960s science fiction television. Lauren is completing a graduate certificate in Gender Studies at USC, and she is interested in the relationship between culture and politics, broadly defined, particularly in relation to gender and sexuality. Her article "Reality Realness: Paris Is Burning and RuPaul's Drag Race" was published in Interventions Journal, the online journal of Columbia University's Graduate Program in Modern Art, and her essay "Batman and the Aesthetics of Camp" was published in the anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetics: 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 an anthology on the civic imagination from NYU Press. For her dissertation project, Lauren is conducting ethnographic research on sex workers' support networks in Los Angeles and New York City.