I hail from all over the west coast, growing up in Sacramento, California and Redmond, Washington.
I attended Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, where I received a BA in Politics with honors distinction. After work in the nonprofit/reproductive justice sectors, I attended Rutgers University, studying political science. I earned my Ph.D in 2013, with a focus on women and politics and American politics.
During the 2012-2013 academic year, I was a member of the Bioethics Department at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, where I was also a Center for Genetic Research Ethics And Law predoctoral research associate.