Lauren Wagner (L.B.)
I am a post-disciplinary social scientist, with roots in sociology, anthropology, geography, & sociolinguistics, and interests in categorization and belonging, ethnomethodology and practice, migration and diaspora, leisure and consumption, & complexity and nonlinear dynamics.
I am currently in the Department of Technology and Society Studies, and the Globalisation, Transnationalism and Development Research Group (https://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/globalisation-transnationalism-and-development)
migration & diaspora
Moroccan communities in Europe
Professional career history
I originally studied film production at New York University with the intent to make documentary film, and then moved into Linguistic Anthropology at University of Texas at Austin, where I received my Masters with a thesis on tourism and language in Morocco. I then passed a second postgraduate degree (Masters 2 Recherche) at Paris V – René Descartes in Sociolinguistics, with a thesis on linguistic practices of diasporic visitors in Moroccan markets. I completed my PhD thesis in Human Geography at University College London, combining my previous research with recent theories from geography about embodiment, assemblage, and mobilities. I then completed a postdoctoral project on tourism and urban development in Morocco at Wageningen University with Claudio Minca. I joined Maastricht University as Assistant Professor in Globalisation and Development in 2015, and am now Associate Professor in Diasporic Mobilities in the Department of Society Studies.