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LAUREN K.

AYERS
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53202 | layers17@gmail.com | 281-844-5501

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
FOLEY & LARDNER CONFLICTS ANALYST
2018-Present Perform conflicts checks related to new client business and incoming
attorneys. Prepare and analyze conflicts reports to identify any
potential ethical or legal conflicts. Conduct corporate business
research.

AMERICAN GIRL ASSOCIATE RESEARCHER


2018 Processed and organized archival and secondary source materials on
material culture. Investigated and reported on the material life of
Americans throughout history. Created a research guide for long-
term continuity.

UNIVERSITY OF GRADUATE STUDENT INSTRUCTOR


WISCONSIN-MADISON Instructed 360 undergraduates in six courses in US and Latin
2014-2018 American history and sociology over six semesters. Received 4.5/5
in teaching evaluations. Presented information through lectures and
discussions.

TEACHING EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER


ASSISTANTS’ Elected Membership Secretary. Provided administrative support for
ASSOCIATION a labor union including member communication. Mastered data
2017-2018 entry and database maintenance. Collaborated with executive board
members to recruit and retain members as a lead steward. Used data
to inform executive board decisions.

UNIVERSITY OF PROJECT ASSISTANT


WISCONSIN-MADISON Processed and organized archival materials on Portage, Wisconsin.
2015-2016 Created an archive including a range of 25 years of media.
Deciphered patterns to categorize thousands of documents. Mastered
qualitative research methods.

RICE UNIVERSITY CONSULTANT


2013-2014 Investigated the history of labor practices in the US sugarcane
industry for the inaugural seminar on human trafficking. Compared
past and present characteristics of slavery to better understand
contemporary trafficking.

UNIVERSITY OF RESEARCH ASSISTANT


TEXAS AT AUSTIN Compiled archival materials on large-scale engineering projects
2011, 2013 from the LBJ Presidential Archives for Professor Erika Bsumek.

PEACE CORPS AGROFORESTRY SPECIALIST


2011-2012 Worked with farmers in Okola, Cameroon to develop sustainable
forestry, farming, and small business practices. Developed skills in
community development, resilience, adaptability, and cross-cultural
exchange.
WHITE HOUSE ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE INTERN
COUNCIL ON Provided administrative support for the Energy and Climate Change
ENVIRONMENTAL unit. Edited the 2010 Climate Change Adaptation Task Force’s
QUALITY Progress Report. Researched state and federal energy policies and
2010 prepared memoranda for key decision makers.

UNIVERSITY OF RESEARCH ASSISTANT


TEXAS AT AUSTIN Created a database on the changing portrayals of resource use in film
2010 for Professor Michael Webber’s “Energy at the Movies.”

ENVIRONMENT ENVIRONMENT TEXAS INTERN


AMERICA Researched statewide policies on renewable energy policies.
2010 Assisted in cultivating relationships with individual donors and
prospect funders.

UNIVERSITY OF LIBRARY ASSISTANT


TEXAS AT AUSTIN Provided administrative support for Joynes Reading Room Literary
2009-2010, 2011 Speaker series and undergraduate seminars held at the honors
library.

EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON
M.A. History, GPA 3.8 2016 UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Advisor: Dr. William Cronon B.A. History, GPA 3.9 2011
Liberal Arts Honors
PhD Minor: Technology, Development, and Interdisciplinary Certificate in Environment
Society from Center for Culture, History, and the Geography Minor
Environment (CHE) Advisor: Dr. Erika Bsumek
Minor Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Hennessy
Senior Honors’ Thesis: “Nature’s Mini-
Masters’ Thesis: “A Blueprint for Hungry Metropolis: An Environmental History of a
Nations? The Rockefeller Foundation in Mexico Southern Plains Town” awarded “Best Thesis
and the Beginnings of the Green Revolution, Prize.”
1943 – 1960”

PROFESSIONAL AND PUBLIC SERVICE


Mucker, Heartland Farm Sanctuary, 2018
Elected Chair, Graduate Student-Faculty-Liaison-Committee for Rowe Professorship, 2017-2018
Union Organizer, Department of History, Teaching Assistants’ Association, 2016-2018
Event Organizer, CHE Place-Based Workshops, 2014 & 2016
Event Organizer, CHE BrunCHE, 2015-2016
Event Organizer, History Department Colloquium, UW-Madison, 2015-2016

SKILLS
• Data Management – Endnote, Zotero, ABBYY FineReader, Microsoft Excel
• Spatial Analysis – ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Maps Engine
• Languages – Spanish, French, Hindi
• Administration – Microsoft Office Suite, Apple/PC Computers, MailChimp, ActionNetwork
References available upon request.