Lauren Cramer studies race and visual culture, and is particularly interested in the ways race is encountered in everyday life. She received her BA in Communication from Villanova University in 2007 and her MA in Film Studies from Emory University in 2009. After graduating from Emory, Lauren worked as a Program Assistant for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, Atlanta’s largest film festival. Since returning to academia, Lauren has presented research papers on a diverse set of topics including hip-hop album cover art and African American print culture at conferences including the National Council for Black Studies and the Society for Cinema and Media Studies annual conferences. Lauren has served the Communication department as a member of the Media Industries Working Group and is currently an Associate Editor of InMediaRes, a collaborative site for online scholarship that is part of the MediaCommons digital scholarly network. Outside of the classroom, Lauren and her husband Wil are avid pop culture junkies and hip-hop fans constantly searching for Lauren’s next research object. You can find her thoughts on hip-hop aesthetics on Twitter @LaurenMCramer.