Lauren Shook is a Ph.D. student in Education Policy and Planning at the University of Texas Austin. Her research interests center on how educational systems provide access and preserve advantage for students differently based on race, gender, and socioeconomic status. She is particularly interested in examining college access and success through a critical lens and exploring how institutional affirmation of identity affects student outcomes. She hopes to contribute to scholarship, teaching, and service which makes more just US education systems a reality.
Her research interests stem from her professional experience in school districts, higher education, and educational nonprofits as well as from the educational struggle experienced by her Latinx family members and students.
Lauren received a B.A. in English, minoring in Linguistics, from Texas A&M University, and a master's in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.