Lauren teaches courses in American literary and cultural studies and environmental humanities. She comes to Indianola from the San Francisco Bay Area, where she taught American literary and cultural studies, writing, and literary theory at Notre Dame de Namur University (Belmont, California) and Stanford University. She has also taught at the University of Michigan, where she completed her Ph.D., and at the University of Mainz, Germany.

Lauren’s scholarly work focuses on the intersections of 18th- and 19th-century American literary, cultural, and environmental history. She is currently at work on a book project titled Peculiar Nature: Slavery, Environment, and Nationalism in the Antebellum South, and her research has appeared in the journals Interdisciplinary Literary Studies, Anthropology and Medicine, and Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment (ISLE). Lauren’s scholarly work has received awards from the Andrew Mellon Foundation; the Society for the Study of Southern Literature; the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; the University of Michigan; and the Workshop for the History of Environment, Agriculture, Technology, and Science (WHEATS).

When Lauren is not reading or teaching, she enjoys hiking, bird- and wildlife-watching, photography, cooking, and yoga.

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