Lauren moved to Paris on a Fulbright grant to pursue research on female artists and their representations of the nude in early twentieth-century Paris. She holds a BA in art history and French from Cornell University, and an MA in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. She is completing a PhD in art history at Rutgers University. Not just a Francophile, Lauren was also a tour guide in Rome where she led tours of the Vatican Museums, Borghese Gallery, Catacombs, and ancient Roman sites around the city. When not leading tours or writing, she enjoys exploring the myriad wine regions of France and Italy.