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(BA Anthropology & Italian, 2015 University of Colorado; MA Anthropology, 2019 University of Colorado). Lauren's current research seeks to better understand how artificial intelligence (AI) is envisioned and enacted in political, legal, and technical discourses in France and the EU. Lauren works with policymakers, lawyers, and technologists in Brussels and Paris to investigate how AI is formulated as a regulatory object by EU policymakers, a site of investment for the French government, and an ethical and technical concern in need of expert intervention. She is especially inspired by work on sociotechnical imaginaries and aims to offer a grounded ethnographic analysis of how visions of French and European futures are articulated with and through AI technologies.  Lauren's MA research analyzed how EU technology experts, policy makers, and lawyers are working to understand and transform the appropriate role of governance and regulation in a period of rapid digitalization and sociotechnical change. Her adviser is Dr Alison Cool. 


2022 Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant

2022 National Science Foundation DDRIG (Doctoral Dissertation Research Award)