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Lauren Barbato

Writer | Religion & Reproductive Health

Ph.D. Student & Instructor in Religion and Gender Studies | Temple University

Vision Council Member | Call to Action


About Lauren

Lauren is a writer, doctoral student, and instructor in religion and gender studies at Temple University. In addition to her doctoral work at Temple, she is completing a graduate certificate in theological studies from Georgian Court University.


As a scholar, Lauren researches the intersections of medicine, reproduction, and the Catholic Church, including medical ethics & healthcare systems, as well as the social history of American Catholicism and reproductive health movements. She currently teaches courses in religion, sexuality, and gender studies. Lauren has also worked as a journalist, including as an accredited White House press pool.

Lauren also publishes fiction & literary essays. Her fiction and creative nonfiction have appeared or are forthcoming in The Georgia Review, Blackbird, The Hopkins Review, Modern Language Studies, North American ReviewPhoebe, Hobart, and X-R-A-Y Literary, among others. Her literary work has received scholarships, residencies, and support from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Sewanee Writers' Conference, Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Community of Writers at Squaw Valley, N.Y. State Summer Writers Institute, and the Hank Center for Catholic Intellectual Heritage at Loyola University Chicago.

Lauren holds a B.F.A. in screenwriting from the University of Southern California and an M.F.A. in creative writing from Rutgers University-Newark.


As an organizer, advocate, & seeker, Lauren serves on the Vision Council for the Catholic, church-reform nonprofit Call to Action. She is also a member of the young adult advisory board for the Center at Mariandale in New York. She dreams about feminist liberation theology, practices mindfulness, & is a self-proclaimed Saint Teresa fangirl.


A cat person, Lauren currently lives in Philadelphia with her two black cats, Lizzie & Slinky. But, she's a Jersey girl at heart. 

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