I am originally from a tiny town in Northern Michigan called Luzerne. I grew up on the AuSable River, home of the AuSable River Canoe Marathon. I have a love of the outdoors and am a third-generation finisher of North America's toughest canoe challenge: 127 miles, 7 dams, and 8 hours of complete dark...just me, my dad, and the river. My grandfather has the longest career of any "paddler" in the Marathon's history.
I completed my undergraduate degree at Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana. I then moved to Istanbul, Turkey to complete my Master's Degree in International Political Economy at Istanbul Bilgi University. I have had also had the pleasure of living for short periods of time in Jordan, as an undergraduate study abroad student, and in Gothenburg, Sweden, as a visiting PhD in the Department of Political Science at the University of Gothenburg.
I currently call Philadelphia, PA home and live with my husband, Can, and our dog and cat, Ara and Kimora. We like to eat delicious vegan foods, listen to great music, and travel around the U.S. in our camper van!