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, Massachusetts and Portland, Oregon to Durham, North Carolina and Geneva, Switzerland. I earned my first master’s degree (in Liberal Studies) at Duke University while working at the Sanford School of Public Policy. I earned my Ph.D. in History at Yale University in 2015.