Lauren Konken is a PhD student in the Politics Department at Princeton University, focusing on International Relations. Prior to attending Princeton, she received a BA in Political Science and History from McGill University in 2014, and an MA in Political Science in 2016. Her research focuses on the international political economy of trade, with applications to international law and international economic institutions like the GATT/WTO. She maintains an interest in the interdependence of trade agreement formation and the design of escape clauses, as well as the ongoing tension between globalization and domestic regulation of public health and the environment.

Lauren currently serves as a student co-coordinator of the Qualitative Research Colloquium. In 2015 she was recipient of the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship through The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), and she previously held the Huang Leadership Development Scholarship from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation from 2013 to 2016.