Lauren Gerlowski

Credentials: Researching the intersection of dance, urban policy, economics, and lived experiences

Position title: she/her/hers


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Lauren Gerlowski

Lauren Gerlowski was raised in Houston, Texas where she learned her love for dance. She has lived and danced in New York City, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; and Madison, WI. When not studying, teaching, or writing, Lauren can be found hiking around Madison with her dog, Colbie!

My research investigates how urban policy and economic theory impacts when, where, and how dancers make livable wages in the global city of Chicago, Illinois. My M.S. research looked at how dancers experienced precarity unevenly amidst the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. My PhD research will be informed by some of that data to understand how key companies funding schemas operate within the global city framework.