Lauren Muscott won the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Student Award for Distinguished Service. This award was created to honor a student who demonstrates excellence in service to the department, college, university, or community. The nominee should directly or indirectly promote opportunities in public education and should go above and beyond the scope of their graduate assistantship or fellowship. The awards process was highly competitive with over 60 applications and four student receiving awards. Lauren was honored for her extensive commitment to diversity and mental health in graduate studies in several capacities.
Her dissertation research examines how uncertainty and changing global relations challenge traditional conceptions of responsibility in IR, and – drawing from work in resilience and structural justice – proposes a new model of global political responsibility grounded in social connection that is adaptive, learning-focused, and collectively enacted.