Lauren Fritzsche is currently a Ph.D. student in the Department of Geography at Penn State. She researches Syrian refugee resettlement in nontraditional destinations in the United States. Her research is informed by feminist geopolitics, settler colonialism, and critical race theory.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois in Global Studies with minors in Arabic and Anthropology. Her thesis focused on nation building in Jordan and its impact on Iraqi and Syrian refugees. She has studied in Amman, Jordan and has lived in Berlin, Germany working at a transnational academic institution.