Having studied Asian languages since high school, Lauren brings both passion for and extensive experience with East Asia to the role. From 2007-2009, Lauren worked as an English teacher and Associate Coordinator for the Center for Teaching and Learning in China. After living and working in Shenzhen, China for 2 years, Lauren attended Stanford University as a graduate student in the East Asian Studies Program. Upon completing her graduate degree, Lauren interned at the World Affairs Council of Northern California as part of the Education Program before joining Valley International Academy (a private, internationally-focused boarding school) as an Office Manager and Registrar.
Lauren’s research interests include popular nationalism in East Asia, conflict resolution and government efficacy.
Lauren obtained her Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis in 2005. She majored in International Relations. She obtained her Master of Arts in East Asian Studies from Stanford University in 2011.