Laura Jeanne Ferdinand is a Presidential Fellow and doctoral candidate at Northwestern University who specializes in the intersections of gender, race, class, and performance in constructions of history and culture in the US South. Her current research examines the twentieth-century origins of southern identity, situating performances of racialized southern femininity at the heart of the region’s most pivotal and prolific period of cultural production. Laura works with organizations across Northwestern, serving as a writing fellow at The Graduate Writing Place and a freelance editor at Northwestern University Press. She is the recipient of fellowships from Northwestern, Emory, University of Georgia, and Miami University where she served as instructor of theatre. She has presented her work at the American Society for Theatre Research, Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and Mid-Atlantic Theatre Conference. Her writing is featured in Theatre History Studies.