Lauren Finnigan

Lauren Finnigan

Lauren holds a B.A. (2016) in Anthropology from Indiana University South Bend, where her research focused on historic archaeological sites associated with the city’s Oliver and Studebaker industries.

At Notre Dame, Lauren is an industrial and urban archaeologist who examines the social relations between nineteenth-century laborers and emerging capital in the American Rust Belt.

For her dissertation, she will be comparing brick samples from early Pullman, Chicago, buildings and combining the results with archival and archaeological research to develop an engaged narrative of the working-class laborers responsible for building this historic industrial neighborhood.

Lauren has worked in collaboration with the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences at Notre Dame to develop a unique suite of testing procedures for the analysis of historic bricks. Her method utilizes both traditional archaeological processes and contemporary compression testing standards for masonry to inform our understanding of labor history, as well as current historic preservation and adaptive materials reuse projects.

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