Lauren Muscott is a PhD candidate in International Relations and managing editor of Security Studies. Her dissertation examines how existing theories of responsibility in IR struggle to address harms arising from complex and non-local phenomena such as climate change and mass migration. Drawing from a diverse literature on resilience as well as Iris Marion Young's Social Connection Model, the dissertation proposes a new model of responsibility that is located in the relations between agents and the systems and processes they inhabit, requiring responsibility to be adaptive, learning focused, and collectively enacted. Lauren's research interests include global governance, critical security studies, international political theory, and international relations theory.
Before Ohio State, Lauren graduated with highest honors in Politics from Oberlin College. Her senior thesis examined how R2P's three pillars mirror the three major schools in IR (constructivism, liberalism, and realism), and thus reveal the promises and pitfalls of each theoretical approach in addressing mass atrocity.