Lauren Brackmann received a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in News Media and Society from USC in 2018. She is currently residing in Amman, Jordan as a recipient of the 2018 Boren Scholarship to study Arabic for the 2018-2019 year.
Lauren is interested in foreign policy in the Middle East and public diplomacy as a tool for countering violent extremism (CVE). She has been involved with CPD since 2016, working as an Events and Programming Intern and Blog Contributor, as well as covering CPD-related events for the USC Annenberg Media Center as a JEDI (Journalism and Emerging Digital Innovation) reporter on the international beat. Prior to joining CPD, Lauren interned at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations and participated in the U.S. Department of State’s global initiative, P2P [Peer to Peer]: Challenging Extremism, receiving Honorable Mention on behalf of her USC team for their creation of an online text-based role-playing game.