Lauren Apgar is a graduate student in Sociology at Indiana University. Her research interests center on the intersection of the fields of immigration, political sociology, and work and occupations. Her Master’s thesis examined the influence of temporary guest worker status on Mexican immigrants’ labor market outcomes. Before coming to IU, Lauren received a BA in Sociology at Southwestern University in 2008 and worked as a Research Coordinator for Workers Defense Project in Austin, Texas. At Workers Defense Project, she researched the working conditions faced by immigrants within the construction industry in Austin, resulting in a report that led to an increase in the number of OSHA safety inspectors in Texas. In her free time, Lauren enjoys spending time with her wonderful husband, going to the Bloomington Farmer's Market, cooking Tex-Mex, and then exercising off the Tex-Mex.