- Bachelor of Arts, Ohio University
- Master of Arts, University of Georgia
- Doctor of Philosophy, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Karen Laurence's research focuses on the religious sanctuaries and festivals of Roman Greece. She studies the changes to the Panhellenic Games in Greece during the Roman period through a study of the non-monumental architecture, infrastructural features, and epigraphic evidence of the four original Panhellenic Games. Her current research looks towards the ways sacred spaces were used in Roman Greece as a means to construct Roman and Greek identities.
Karen was the Heinrich Schliemann Fellow at the American School of Classical Studies from 2009-10. She is a member of the East Isthmia Archaeological Project, which is undertaking a reexamination of the area east of the temenos of Poseidon at Isthmia.
While at Oberlin, Karen is teaching a course on Greek History in the Fall and one on Sports and Society in Ancient Greece and Rome in the Spring.