Laura studies race relations, slavery, and emancipation in the nineteenth-century United States. She recently co-authored a volume titled Seen/Unseen: Hidden Lives in a Community of Enslaved Georgians (UGA Press, 2021) that reveals the complex interior lives and social networks that one community of enslaved people built and maintained.
Laura graduated with highest honors from the University of Georgia in 2014 with a BA in History and a BBA in Economics. She then completed an MA in History (2018) and an MEd in Learning, Design, and Technology (2020) at UGA. Outside of the classroom, she has engaged in public history and history education efforts through museum work, oral history initiatives, and co-teaching a high school elective on local history. She currently serves as co-editor of The Athens Historian, the journal of the Athens Historical Society.