Laurie holds an appointment as Vice Provost for Graduate Education and is the Archer Alexander Distinguished Professor in the John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics. In her administrative capacity, she is responsible for the university’s graduate education programming, overseeing the quality, programming and management of all PhD-granting programs. She works closely with Arts & Sciences, Olin Business School, the McKelvey School of Engineering, the School of Medicine and the Brown School in supervising doctoral students in the schools’ PhD programs. She serves as chair of the governing bodies of the Graduate School, including the Graduate Council and the Graduate & Professional Student Coordinating Committee. As a faculty member, Laurie’s research and teaching focus on African American religions and intercultural contact between religious groups; her recent work includes articles on Mormon-Protestant conflicts in the Pacific Islands and the growth of Mormonism internationally.