Lauren researches 20th and 21st century literature and film, adaptation, documentary, feminist film theory, and global modernisms. Her research on Simone de Beauvoir, Agnès Varda, and documentary film has been published in academic journals including Screen, Film Quarterly, and Adaptation. Her article on William Faulkner and the French New Wave received the A. Owen Aldridge Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association and was published on Comparative Literature Studies. Another article on Richard Wright and existentialism has been accepted and is forthcoming in Yale French Studies. With Julie Elsky and Clémentine Fauré-Bellaïche, she is co-editing a special anniversary issue of Yale French Studies devoted to existentialism. She has contributed to the Oxford University Press blog here.
Her first scholarly book project considers how some of the most quintessentially French aesthetic and intellectual movements of the mid-20th century – including noir, existentialism, and the nouvelle vague – relied on the formal and thematic innovations of American literary modernism.
Her research and writing have been supported with fellowships from the Camargo Foundation, the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, University of Virginia's Harrison Institute for American History, Literature, and Culture, the Manuscript and Rare Book Library at Emory University, and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University.
She received her PhD in English and Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she was a member of the Royster Society of Fellows.
A selection of her academic writing can be found here or below.