Since 1993

History and Herstory.

Hi! I'm Lauren, a graduate student of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame who studies the social relations of labor as mediated through the material of the built environment.

As an archaeologist, I study the material produced by 19th-century laborers so I can learn more about their working lives and the transition to emerging capitalism in America. I take a deeper look at historic bricks and masonry within the Rust Belt to construct narratives of the working class that have been otherwise neglected in favor of the "big men" of the elite.

This blog chronicles some of the histories I encounter while navigating academia and the field.