Lauren Lluveras is a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis, housed in African and African Diaspora Studies at The University of Texas at Austin, and a 2018 public voices fellow with The Op-Ed Project. As a postdoctoral scholar, Lluveras is studying the impact that Texas’ institutions and policies have on marginalized populations and black communities, particularly. Her research interests include Texas’ history and ongoing methods of voter suppression among communities of color; Texas’ housing policies in relation to the state's black community; and developing and leading the institute's public engagement strategy. Along with several state periodicals, her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Conversation, Salon, Latino USA, Teen Vogue and VICE. Lluveras has also worked closely with victims of domestic violence, undocumented students, victims of crime and homeless communities as a clerk for Texas Advocacy Project and Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, and as a student defense attorney at the Center for Legal and Social Justice. She holds a Juris Doctor from St. Mary's University, School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University.