Lauren L. Rollins directs all of the organization’s editorial functions, supervises editorial staff, edits all of its research writing and manages its calendar of publications. She is also responsible for the setting and maintenance of the house style guide and submissions guidelines, and for managing editorial workflow. Periodically, she also trains staff in sound research and writing strategies.

Lauren joined R Street from academia, where, in addition to teaching various research, writing and literature courses, she served as editorial manager of English Literary Renaissance, an academic journal of early modern literature and culture.

Before her career in higher education, she was a trademark paralegal at an intellectual property law firm in the D.C. area.

Lauren has bachelor’s degrees in English and political science and legal studies from George Mason University, a master’s in English from Georgetown University and is currently finishing her doctoral dissertation on the concept of “reverence” and representations of populist political agency among the commons in early modern English literature at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.

A Northern Virginia native, Lauren now lives in western Massachusetts, with her partner, Michael; daughter, Maddy; and three very lovable kitties, Caroline, Miles and Josey.