Lauren Levitt is a PhD candidate in Communication at USC, and she is pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Sexuality Studies. Lauren is interested in gender and sexuality as they relate to culture and politics, all broadly defined. Her ethnographic dissertation project examines the support networks of sex workers and sex workers' rights activists in New York and Los Angeles, showing how sex workers and activists create alternative kinship structures and engage in non-capitalist economic practices to manage economic precarity and social stigma. She has published in Interventions Journal, the online journal of Columbia University's Graduate Program in Modern Art, and she has a chapter in the anthology Sontag and the Camp Aesthetic: Advancing New Perspectives.

She also has chapters in the forthcoming anthologies Popular Culture and the Civic Imagination: A Casebook and Gig Economy: Workers and Media in the Age of Convergence.