Lauren Schwartz is a Professional Specialist assisting the Founding Director of the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination, Wolfgang F. Danspeckgruber. A graduate of Princeton University, Lauren majored in German and earned certificates in Studio Art and European Cultural Studies. She subsequently earned her Master of Arts from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in the BMW Center for German and European Studies. Lauren has worked in research and communications roles in several Berlin-based academic and cultural institutions, and in the Washington, DC Office of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung. In addition to supporting the Founding Director of LISD, Lauren coordinates the seminar on Global Diplomatic and Security Challenges (GDSC) and the Program on Religion, Diplomacy, and International Relations (PORDIR).
Her previous research projects have included a literary investigation of the German Grundgesetz, and a policy history on the bureaucratic manufacture of memory in Bavaria during the American Military Government following WWII. Primary research interests concern political culture, intellectual history, constitutional law, federalism, structures of power, democratization, and bureaucracy in historical perspectives.