Lauren Silber is a PhD candidate in English and American Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Her work emerges at the intersections of migration studies, comparative race and ethnic studies, gender studies, and affect studies. Lauren brings an intersectional feminist perspective to her work, grounding her scholarship in disciplines such as history, sociology, literary studies, black studies, Asian American studies, US LatinX studies, diaspora studies, and cultural studies.
As a teacher, Lauren values innovative assignment and curricular design so as to engage her students in a way that honors what they bring to class, while challenging them to consider perspectives, contexts, histories, and narratives they may not have encountered before. This student-centered approach has been developed through her work as tutor and mentor at several writing centers where Lauren has watched student after student struggle to master, adhere to, or simply want to produce the kind of knowledge most valued by the academy.
In addition to her teaching, Lauren is currently a Research Assistant for the Interdisciplinary Studies Institute at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a Writing Associate for the Amherst College Writing Center, and a Research Associate at the Five College Women’s Studies Research Center.