Laurie is a PhD Candidate in the Environmental Psychology program at The Graduate Center, CUNY. Her research and work falls at the intersection of digital/physical space, pedagogy, and critical university studies.  Her research interests include: processes of lifestyle change, transactional relationship with the environment, object relations, digital/physical space, learning environments, learning ecologies, critical pedagogy, critical university studies.

Laurie’s dissertation explores students’ learning ecologies and how these resource networks shape student learning processes and engagement. A student’s learning ecology  refers to the network of people, places, and technologies that connect the physical, social, and cultural environments that a student engages with throughout the learning process.

Laurie has a background in faculty development programming and open source educational technology and works as an Open Education Technologist within the GC’s Teaching and Learning Center. Prior to working with the GC TLC, Laurie was a Hybrid Coordinator at Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning and  the Coordinator for Planning and Development of OpenCUNY.org.

In collaboration with Dr. Shelly Eversley (English, Baruch College), Laurie helped develop EqualityArchive, an OER focused on the history of sex and gender equality in the United States. She teaches “Principles of New Media” at Baruch College.

Previously, Laurie completed her Masters thesis exploring how individuals’ make lifestyle changes to live more simply. For this project, she conducted interviews with individuals engaged in “simple living” to examine how the process of making major lifestyle changes shaped individuals’ interactions with their surrounding environment. She has taught psychology, sociology, and digital media classes throughout CUNY.

When not near a computer, Laurie likes to hang out with friends, play guitar, and be outside running, biking, hiking, camping, etc. Her not-so-secret-dream is to live deep in the wifi-less woods of upstate New York.

Contact Laurie via laurie(dot)hurson(at)gmail(dot)com.