Lauren Jhin works with anthropology professor Susan Blum studying the education systems in the U.S. and Southeast Asia. Jhin interviews and creates videos to share people’s stories of their school experiences —both academic and social. She focuses on stories about deep engagement, debt, résumé building, and powerful emotions experienced in school (e.g. boredom, shame, curiosity, loneliness). She also writes and designs an accompanying photo series, drawing inspiration from StoryCorps NPR and Humans of New York. Working closely with Professor Blum’s research team, Jhin researches the science behind storytelling and the education systems in Southeast Asia, focusing particularly on South Korea.
For the summer of 2018, Jhin received the Grogan Fellowship through the Flatley Center for Undergraduate Scholarly Engagement (CUSE) to research law and corporate decision-making at a law office in Chicago. As the team lead, she designed and produced a New York Times-sized broadsheet on the fatal effects of asbestos exposure on BP refinery employees. In the summer of 2017, Jhin taught English at Universidad Nacional del Altiplano in Peru for an International Summer Service Learning Program (ISSLP).
Psychology of architecture, neuroscience, intrinsic motivation.
South Korean and US education systems, learning and memory, consumer behavior.