Laura earned her B.A. in German Studies and History with an emphasis in Minority Studies in 2009. In 2011 she graduated with an M.A. in German Studies and German Education from the University of Georgia, with a thesis on the memoirs of Ceija Stojka, an Austrian Romni Holocaust survivor and artist. During her time at UGA, she also taught beginning and intermediate German language courses. Following graduation, she worked as Service Manager for an English language academy and with the Verband deutscher Sinti und Roma in Nuremberg, Germany.
Laura joined the German Graduate Program at Vanderbilt in 2014. Her interests include the relationship between war, genocide, and media in the 20th century, the representation of war across centuries, and connections between literature and the law. She is an avid digital humanist and pedagogue who works at the Vanderbilt Center for Second Language Studies as a Graduate Student Affiliate. She is also a HASTAC Scholar for 2015-2016 and blogs regularly about digital pedagogy and its connections to language learning.