Lauren Lastrapes received her Ph.D. in Urban Studies from the University of New Orleans in 2012. Since 2009, she has been teaching in UNO’s Anthropology department. She teaches introductory courses in cultural and physical anthropology along with advanced courses in tourism, religion, and sex/gender. As a visiting professor with Bard Early College in New Orleans since 2012, Lauren has taught liberal arts seminars and elective courses in tourism economics, art and identity, and life history research methods. Her research uses life history methods to examine the mechanisms through which people create and maintain identities within cultures of belonging. Lauren is developing a new collaborative research project that analyzes the nature of the concept of “home” from various perspectives. She is an associate editor of the journal Anthropology and Humanism. Lauren is also a native New Orleanian. She went to school at Ben Franklin and NOCCA.