Lauren is a Ph.D. student at UTK advised by Dr. Graciela Cabana. Broadly, her research interests lie in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology, and her past research centers around the impact of social, political, and economic inequality on life course trajectories in ancient, modern, and forensic populations. Specifically, she focuses on skeletal indicators of childhood stress in adults and considers all aspects of the biocultural context.
Lauren earned her M.A. from Texas State University in 2019. She has conducted field and lab work in Belize, Peru, Romania, and south Texas.
For her dissertation, she will be focusing on the epigenetic consequences of this inequality and how it may relate to specific skeletal stress indicators to better understand their etiologies.