I hail from all over the west coast, growing up in Sacramento, California and Redmond, Washington, and I have also called Portland, Oregon and Los Angeles, California my homes over the years. While attending Occidental College, I was lucky to spend my college years wearing flip-flops every single day. As a typical liberal arts student, I studied Geology, English, and Politics at Oxy. After college, I spent a year working for feminist and reproductive justice organizations (while also working as a receptionist). I spent 6 years at Rutgers University, where I was trained in political science (with a focus on women and politics), strombolis, and the nuances of the New Jersey roadway system. I spent the 2012-2013 academic year in the Bioethics Department at Case Western University in Cleveland, Ohio, where I was a Center for Genetic Research Ethics And Law predoctoral research associate. I received my Ph.D. in 2013 in Political Science, with concentrations in Women and Politics and American Politics.
I am married to Mark Major, and our home is currently run by two rescue mutts named Sloan and Gilmore. On breaks and summers, we enjoy visiting friends and family near and far, traveling (often crisscrossing the country with the dogs in the back of the car!), sailing, and seeing live music. In my spare time, I love hiking, reading, cooking, and planning the next trip.