Laura is currently a doctoral student and Rhodes Scholar at the University of Oxford. Prior to undertaking her doctoral work, she completed an MPhil in British and European History at Oxford, and graduated summa cum laude from Duke University as an undergraduate. During her time at Duke, she majored in History and double minored in Political Science and Religious Studies. She was also elected to the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Alpha Theta honor societies. Her doctoral research examines English women from across the confessional spectrum who sought refuge from religious persecution in Europe during the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. She focuses on exile through the lenses of identity, memory, and temporality, seeking to answer the question of how impactful exile experience was on the national and religious climates of the early modern world. Laura has presented her research at conferences in the US, UK, and Canada, most recently at the 2019 North American Conference in British Studies, and has published articles in multiple outlets. Apart from her historical studies, Laura plans to enter the legal profession, and holds a place at Yale University Law School in the class of 2024.
Laura has worked with several NGOs on topics related to international law, human rights, and civil society. Most recently, Laura worked with the Speak Truth to Power campaign at Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights to develop educational curricula related to teaching human rights issues and at Freedom House to provide emergency support to on-the- ground human rights defenders around the world. With Cambridge Coaching, Laura specializes in history, political science, admissions, and helping students tackle the SAT and ACT.
In her free time, Laura loves to run and cycle in the beautiful English countryside. She also volunteers with Oxford-based organizations focusing on community empowerment, from refugee resettlement aid to homeless alleviation to women’s services. She’s also an avid reader and writer, and is an exceptionally mediocre but very enthusiastic cross-stitcher.