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Lauren McKee

Third-year GPIS student Lauren McKee is originally from a small town in Mississippi. She received her B.A. and M.A. in English from the University of Southern Mississippi, where her graduate work and M.A. thesis focused on Asian American immigrant literature. She taught composition at the University of New Orleans and Japanese literature/WWII history at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, before starting her Ph.D. Now, her concentrations are Interdependence and Transnationalism and Comparative Politics. She enjoys learning about issues of global energy security, but also admits to being obsessed with American domestic politics as well. Lauren was awarded the 2011-2012 Norfolk branch of the American Association of University Women scholarship and currently works as a graduate assistant within GPIS in addition to teaching an Introductory International Relations class at Tidewater Community College. She will be presenting a paper on the politics of oil at the November meeting of the Northeast Political Science Association in Philadelphia and has also been selected to present her work on digital media and war photography at the International Studies Association Convention in San Diego in April 2012 and a paper on leadership in the Arab Spring at the Virginia Social Science Association Conference in March 2012. Lauren plans to examine the nuclear energy policies of Germany, France, Japan, and the U.S. in her dissertation. In her free time, she likes cooking, travelling, and spending as much time as possible with her dog, Maggie.


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