Laura L. Allen is a PhD candidate in the Rhetoric, Composition, and Literacy program at The Ohio State University. Her research focuses on the intersections of digital rhetoric, race, and culturally sustaining pedagogy. Her current work explores mobile technologies in composition classrooms. Laura is also an Associate Director for the 2018 Digital Media and Composing Institute and a Graduate Teaching Associate in the Second Year Writing program at OSU. Laura was born and raised in Niagara Falls, NY. She earned her MA at Michigan State University and BA at Spelman College.