I grew up in Claremont, California a delightful college town just outside of Los Angeles. Most of my childhood was dedicated to the sport of gymnastics. My training began at 18 months and continued until I was nearly 19 years old. In 2001, I became a Junior Olympic National Champion and member of the USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic National Team. I retired from the sport during my first year of college at the University of Utah, owing to injury. Following my retirement from athletics, I continued my undergraduate education at Scripps College and then Claremont McKenna College. My passion for research was sparked at Claremont McKenna, during a field research trip to Prague, Czech Republic lead by my now long-term mentor, collaborator, and dear friend, Hilary Appel. In 2009, I received my B.A. in Government from Claremont McKenna College.
After college, I continued to expand and refine my research skills through additional education and work experience. In 2012, I earned an M.S. in Applied Math and Statistics from Georgetown University. Between 2011 and 2014 I worked as an economic research assistant and research analyst at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors and the International Monetary Fund. Much of the policy and research work I conducted in these positions focused on the European financial and debt crises. In addition to the substantive exposure, this work experience gave me the opportunity to broaden my programming skills--a productive complement to the analytical training in my master's program.
In 2014, I began my Ph.D. in Politics at Princeton University. During my first few years, I continued my education through what can best be described as a liberal arts approach. I explored a wide range of research topics and sought out interdisciplinary training, including a self-created sub-field in economic history. As in my college years, I have found this approach essential to my intellectual development. Sustained interest in substantive political economy and issues of inequality, together with this multifaceted training, underpins my dissertation work that seeks to examine changes in women's property rights in the early modern and modern periods as processes embedded in state and capitalist market formation in Europe.
My partner, Kyle Tudor Block, is a research manager at Gradient Metrics, a quantitative market research firm. We frequently enjoy city walks through our newly-adopted hometown of Philadelphia.