Lauren Griffin is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law at the University of Florida. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Purdue University and her Master’s in Sociology from the University of Florida.
She is currently working on her dissertation, which examines representations of climate change in popular culture, specifically in film. The project aims to uncover the ‘ideologies’ present in modern environmental cinema and how audiences interpret and redefine these environmental messages. Her research interests include media influences on environmental attitudes and behaviors, effective science communication, and social movements.
She teaches undergraduate sociology courses at the University of Florida. Her courses encourage students to take a critical approach to modern society and challenge them to think creatively about social and environmental problems. She received a UF Graduate School Teaching Award in 2014.
Lauren is passionate about public interest communications, particularly on climate change. Her hobbies include learning about all things science, reading about history and politics, and exploring Florida’s wild places.