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.

Her dissertation focuses on how technology shapes student learning processes and situates technology as an actor within the university. She is particularly interested in students’ development of learning ecologies and how these networks support varied methods of teaching and learning.

Currently, she is an Instructional Technology Fellow at the Macaulay Honors College and a Hybrid Coordinator in Baruch College’s Center for Teaching and Learning. She is also the Coordinator for Planning and Development of OpenCUNY.org, an open-source, academic, and participatory digital medium for the CUNY Graduate Center community.

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.