Laura is a media archivist and historian of radio & television broadcasting based in Chicago, IL.
She is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Screen Cultures Program at Northwestern University,
where she is finishing a doctoral dissertation about the history of radio and television
sitcoms during the 1930s, 40s, and 50s.
Laura currently manages the Northwestern University Radio Archive Project [NURAP], is an advisor to Northwestern University student radio station WNUR, and is graduate representative to the Library of Congress Radio Preservation Task Force. She is on the board of the Society for Cinema & Media Studies TV Studies Scholarly Interest Group and is an active member of the Popular Culture Association, the Association of Moving Image Archivists, and the Association for Recorded Sound Collections.
Forthcoming and Recent Publications :
“Radio Sitcoms: History and Preservation," Blackwell Companion to The History of Broadcasting, ed. Aniko Bodroghkozy, Wiley-Blackwell
“Revitalizing the Northwestern University Radio Archive Project, Rediscovering Midwestern Radio History,” Journal of Radio and Audio Media
“Frederick Kiesler and the Speculative Future of Avant-Garde TV,” Écranosphère
review of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” by Joanne Morreale.” Film & History
review of “Inside the Rise of HBO: A Personal History of the Company that Transformed Television by Bill Mesce, Jr.” Journal of Popular Film & Television, 44.3, Fall 2016, 182.