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Laurel Darling


Laurel Darling is a dual-degree master’s student in History and Library and Information Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is interested in a myriad of pathways in academic librarianship - medical, health science, reference, research, and instruction. In her professional practice, she aspires to bridge connections between higher education institutions and their surrounding communities to explore how academic resources can support local-area community members. 

Research Interests

18th & 19th Century Britain and Empire

History of Medicine; History of the Family

History of Reproduction - conception, childbirth, infertility, midwifery, obstetrics, the socio-medical construction of race in obstetrics


Research Description

Laurel studies the history of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Britain and empire, as well as the history of medicine and family, with an emphasis on reproductive health. Her research aims to explore childlessness through infertility, false conception, and miscarriage in eighteenth-century Britain. 


B.A in English & Art History — University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, 2019

Awards and Honors

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent based on student evaluations for Spring 2023

Courses Taught

IS 199: iSchool Explore, Engage, Develop

Teaching Assistant (Fall 2022 EE1 & EE2)

Lead Instructor (Spring 2023 EE1 & EE2)

Additional Campus Affiliations

M.S. in Library & Information Sciences Candidate, School of Information Sciences

Preprofessional Graduate Assistantship, Grainger Engineering Library Information Center

Graduate Hourly; eLearning; Main Library 

Post Retraction Citation Research Project Team Member, Information Quality Lab