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Lauren Lanahan’s research primarily focuses on science and technology policy as it relates to innovation and entrepreneurship. Her dissertation analyzes the impact of state-level R&D investments in small business innovation. More broadly, she is interested in topics related to the innovation policy mix and directs her research to identifying and examining the institutions and reward structures that are most efficient at creating new technology and scientific knowledge.  Previously, she worked for the Social, Behavioral & Economics Directorate at the National Science Foundation from 2007 to 2009. In 2012 she was a Kauffman Dissertation Fellow and in 2013 she received the Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the University of North Carolina Graduate School. From 2010 to 2014, she served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Science Policy and Governance, a student-run publication that provides a forum for students and young scholars to publish policy relevant work. She is expected to defend her dissertation by Spring 2015.