Lauren Poor

Lecturer in History and Director, Office of the Core
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Office Hours

Wednesdays from 10-11am and by appointment.

Specialties
  • Early Modern Britain
  • History of Refugees, Immigrants, and Migration and the State
  • History of American/European Foreign Policy
  • History of Religious Toleration
  • Early America/Atlantic World (1450-1850)
Education
  • B.A., Tufts University
  • M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington
  • Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington
Academic Interests and Research

I am a historian of early modern Britain and the British Atlantic World with a particular interest in transnational issues, including immigration, xenophobia, religious toleration, and state formation and identity. My research is driven by a desire to understand how moral perceptions becomes effective in action, and I explore what happens when moral purposes motivate political choices and when actors, in turn, declare themselves compelled by moral imperatives. My current project examines the late seventeenth and early eighteenth-century culture and politics of refugee relief. Through a comparative study of the English reception of Huguenot, Irish, Palatine and Salzburg refugees, I trace the development of England as a refugee nation, and the subsequent utilization of the Atlantic as a corrective to England’s refugee "problem".

Works in Progress
Book manuscript from dissertation: "Refugee Nation: The Origins of Practicing English Toleration, 1680-1732"
Selected Professional Awards/ Grants and/or Fellowships
  • Baylor University’s Outstanding Faculty Award in the Area of Teaching in the College of Arts & Sciences (2019)
  • Fundamentals of Data Research Fellowship, Baylor University (Summer 2019)
  • Nomination, Baylor University’s Outstanding Faculty Award in the Area of Teaching, Dept. of History (2017)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Baylor Athletics, Baylor University (2016-2017)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Baylor Athletics, Baylor University (2015-2016)
  • Outstanding Professor Award, Baylor Athletics, Baylor University (2014-2015)
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (2014)
  • W.M. Keck Foundation Fellowship, Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (2014)
  • College Arts and Humanities Institute Research Award, Indiana University (2014)
  • Dissertation Fellowship, Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Indiana University (2013-2014)
  • NACBS-Huntington Library Fellowship, North American Conference on British Studies (2013-2014)
  • Future Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Indiana University Graduate School (2012-2013)
  • Frederick W. and Mildred C. Stoler Research Fellowship, Indiana University (2013)
  • Center for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Indiana University, Travel Grant (2013)
  • Ruth Lilly Research Fellowship, Indiana University (2012)
  • Leo Solt Dissertation Fellowship, Indiana University (2012)
  • Junior Research Fellow, History Learning Project, Indiana University (2008- 2009)
Courses at Baylor
  • HIS 1300: The United States in Global Perspective: A Nation of Immigrants
  • HIS 1305: World History to 1500
  • HIS 1307: World History from 1500
  • HIS 2365: United States History to 1877
  • HIS 2366: United States History from 1877
  • HIS 4341: Tudor-Stuart Britain
  • HON 3101: Advanced Readings and Research
  • HON 4V87: Honors Thesis
  • BIC 1314: World Cultures I: Roots of Culture
  • BIC 2344: World Cultures IV: The United States in the World
Honors Thesis Advisor

Honor Thesis Advisor for Anabel Burke (2017): Refugees in Times of Reelection: An Analysis of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman’s Responses to Jewish Refugees During and Following World War II. Defended and awarded rank of “Outstanding” (reserved for top 5% of theses).

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