Topic: New Research on the Strategic Importance of Presidential Spouses
Dr. Lauren A. Wright is a Lecturer in Politics and Public Affairs at Princeton University, where she teaches courses on the Presidency and Executive Power, Women and Politics, and Political Communication. Wright is the author of On Behalf of the President (Praeger, 2016) and is a contributor to The Hill and The Huffington Post. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, The San Francisco Chronicle, and PARADE Magazine. She is a frequent guest political analyst and has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, and Fox News.
Wright received her Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University in December 2014 where she specialized in American government and political methodology. Her dissertation received distinction and was nominated for the George C. Edwards III Award in presidency research. Wright is also a board member of the White House Transition Project, a nonpartisan group of scholars, journalists, and policy experts whose combined efforts and knowledge aims to ensure a smooth presidential transition every four years.
Wright graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wake Forest University in 2010, where her research won the John Allen Easley Medal and Award for Excellence in Religion and the Elizabeth Phillips Award for the Best Essay in Women’s and Gender Studies. She joined the Meg Whitman for Governor campaign shortly after her college graduation, where she became one of the youngest field representatives for the California Republican Party. Wright's interest in politics began in college when she spent one semester in Washington interning for Face the Nation anchor Bob Schieffer at CBS News, and another summer interning for United States Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Wright's expertise in strategic communications spans the public and private sectors. She currently serves as Director of Investor Relations for NV5 Global, Inc., a publicly traded engineering and environmental services corporation with more than 100 offices worldwide (Nasdaq: NVEE). There, she is responsible for crafting and disseminating a clear and compelling investment message to the public on behalf of the company. Wright lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her fiancée.