Lauren Poor

Lecturer in History
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Office Hours

Wednesdays 10:00am-11:00am or by appointment.

  • 17th and 18th Century Britain
  • History of Religious Toleration
  • History of American/European Foreign Policy
  • Early America/Atlantic World (1450-1850)
  • History of the European Enlightenment
B.A., Tufts University, 2005 M.A., Indiana University, Bloomington 2008 Ph.D., Indiana University, Bloomington, 2015
Academic Interests and Research

I am a historian of early modern Britain and Europe with a particular interest in comparative history and transnational issues, including religious toleration, state formation and identity, and the Enlightenment. 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 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".

Ph.D. dissertation
"Refugee Nation: The Origins of Practicing English Toleration, 1680-1732"
Professional Awards/ Grants and/or Fellowships
  • 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 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
  • BIC 1314 World Cultures I: Roots of Culture
  • BIC 2344 World Cultures IV: The United States in the World