Lauren Finnigan


Lauren is a historical archaeologist who studies the material relationships between the labor and ownership classes in the American Gilded Age. Her dissertation research focuses on the National Landmark town of Pullman, Chicago where she uses archaeological excavation data and archival records to better understand how workers used material to express their individual and group agency in response to broad industrial alienation.

Lauren is a passionate teacher committed to a student-centered learning pedagogy that uses anthropology as a resource for transformative learning.

She also performs cross-disciplinary research on 19th-century brickmaking in the Great Lakes region of the American Midwest. Data from her studies support the recycle and repair of historic brick in preservation and adaptive reuse programs.

Lauren holds a Master of Arts degree in Anthropology from the University of Notre Dame and has advanced to candidacy. She is a 2016 graduate of Indiana University South Bend where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology.