I graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College, where I double-majored in mathematics and history and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. My term studying history in London and conducting archival research at Girton College, Cambridge inspired me (eventually) to become a historian. After college, I enjoyed a successful career launching educational programs ranging from an online ESL website to online Advanced Placement courses for high school students, a career that took me around the country.  I earned my first master’s degree (in Liberal Studies) at Duke University while launching the PhD Program at the Sanford School of Public Policy. I earned my PhD in History (concentration in HSHM) from Yale University in 2015. I was an Exchange Scholar at MIT in the HASTS Program during 2012-2014, and a Visiting Scholar (postdoctoral fellow) at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences during 2015-16. I am currently an independent scholar, having fired Michigan State University.