Lauren Hanson works across Harmony Institute’s research process, from designing and conducting studies to communicating and disseminating insights. She has a special interest in interactive media, transmedia, and games. Lauren joined Harmony Institute after earning an MA in Economics from New York University, where she also did research at the NYU Development Research Institute, and assisted with courses in poverty reduction and the global economy at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business. Outside of work, Lauren is a dedicated practitioner of Historical European Martial Arts and regularly competes in tournaments in Medieval German longsword, sword and buckler, and dagger.