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Laura Alexander is a Doctoral Student in Religious Ethics in the University of Virginia Department of Religious Studies. She was raised in Monroe, Louisiana and attended high school in Ruston, Louisiana. Laura earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, majoring in Religious Studies and graduating with honors. After spending a year teaching English at an elementary school in Ratchaburi, Thailand, through a volunteer program with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and a further year as a volunteer caseworker and immigration specialist for the Refugee Services division of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, she returned to the University of Chicago to receive a Master of Divinity degree from the Divinity School. She has worked as a researcher for the ELCA Church in Society Program Unit and for the Lutheran Society for Missiology.
Within the field of religious ethics, Laura specializes in Christian ethics, with a particular interest in international issues and migration. Her research interests include Christian thinking about refugees and forced migration; questions of national sovereignty and state borders in a globalizing world; contemporary Christian thought about human rights and the international common good; and both secular and Christian cosmopolitanism. Current and ongoing interlocutors include Hannah Arendt, Reinhold Niebuhr, David Hollenbach, Luke Bretherton, and Seyla Benhabib.