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 from Cambridge, MA and Portland, OR to Durham, NC and Geneva, Switzerland.  I received my master’s degree  (in Liberal Studies) at Duke University while working at the Sanford School of Public Policy. My interdisciplinary thesis explored the culture of the American Atomic Age through the lens of a play, a documentary film, and an opera. I earned my PhD in History at Yale University, focusing on the history of science and technology.