Lauren is a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, where she focuses on applied archaeology. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and has worked as a professional archaeologist throughout the Southeast. Lauren came to the University of Arizona to pursue her MA and was introduced to a broad range of interdisciplinary opportunities. As a PhD student, she will study modern tribal relationships to cultural landscapes and how federal Indian law and policy can facilitate collaboration and produce meaningful archaeological interpretation. In her spare time, Lauren enjoys taking long trips and finding new places to camp around the Southwest.