Lauren studies the culture and politics of network technology, with specific emphasis placed on technology design and use in varied contexts. Within this wider area of research, her dissertation project examines the stakes and implications of using electronic ankle monitors as an alternative to incarceration in criminal justice contexts. Lauren holds degrees in English Literature (HBA) and Information (MI) from the University of Toronto. Prior to beginning doctoral study at Cornell, Lauren worked in the non-profit sector in Toronto, Canada, and interned with the Nelson Mandela Foundation's Centre of Memory in Johannesburg, South Africa. Currently, she is also a Graduate Student Affiliate with Cornell's Center for the Study of Inequality.

Lauren's research is supervised by Karen Levy, and is supported by her third federal grant awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.