Lauren J. DeCarvalho is currently in the fourth year of her doctoral program in the College of Communications at Penn State University. She has presented work at the International Communication Association and the National Communication Association, among other venues.
Lauren’s dissertation examines the changing nature of the workplace (sitcom) in the new post-recession era. She teaches an undergraduate course titled Women, Minorities, and the Media. Lauren serves on two subcommittees for the University’s Commission for Women: Family Leave Issues and Personal Safety & Sexual Assault Awareness Issues. She is also coadvisor to an undergraduate student organization called She’s the First–Penn State Chapter, which raises funds for the education of young girls in developing countries.
Lauren was elected the 2011–2012 President of the Women’s Studies Graduate Organization (WSGO), where she spearheaded the 11th Annual WSGO Conference. The theme for the conference was “This Is What Feminist Research Looks Like,” and she was humbled to have Dr. Susan J. Douglas as the keynote speaker. For more details on Lauren, see her online teaching portfolio.