Lauren Kiehna is a writer and historian whose work on royal jewelry appears daily on her blog, The Court Jeweller.

Lauren has been featured as an expert on royalty and jewelry in numerous media outlets and publications, including interviews with the BBC, the CBC, People, the New York PostTown & CountryMaclean’sHello!, and Good Housekeeping. Her royal writing is published under the pseudonym “Ella Kay,” a name inspired by her initials.

After graduating with a degree in English from the University of Notre Dame, Lauren completed a PhD in English Literature at the University of Kansas, where she taught literature and writing courses. Her dissertation focused on nineteenth-century novels about bigamy and respectability, and she has also published academic work on sensationalism and the press in Victorian Britain.

As a local historian, Lauren is a member of the board of The Randolph Society Foundation. She is the foundation’s resident writer, producing biographies of inspiring citizens of her childhood home of Randolph County, Illinois. Her work can be found at randolphsociety.org.

A voracious reader across genres, Lauren highlights books she’s reading and enjoying both here on her blog and on her Instagram account.

In 2018, she embarked on her biggest adventure yet, becoming a Jeopardy! champion. Since her appearance, she has enjoyed opportunities to speak to audiences about her experience on the show.

Lauren currently lives with her husband in Webster Groves, Missouri.