Lauren Apgar is a graduate student in Sociology at Indiana University. Her research interests include social movements, immigration, and social policy. Before coming to IU, Lauren received a BA in Sociology at Southwestern University in 2008. She then lived in Austin, Texas and worked as a Research Coordinator for two non-profit organizations. First, she researched the working conditions of construction workers in Austin, resulting in a report that led to an increase in the number of OSHA safety inspectors in Texas. Then, she conducted a national study on the characteristics and practices of nurse practitioners. Her past experience has instilled a belief in Sociology's ability to enact social change, so she participates in IU's Public Sociology program. 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.