Born and raised in Iowa, I graduated with a BA in History from the University of Iowa in 1998. After graduation, I was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Air Force where I spent 9 years as a Human Resources Officer, as well as a Curriculum Developer and Instructor for ROTC and Officer Training School. During my time in the military, I received a MS in Management from University of Maryland University College. After leaving the military, I spent 9 years running call centers for a technology company in Nashville, TN. I returned to Iowa and the History department in July 2018. In addition to working in the History department, I am the Head Coach for the Iowa Women's Rugby Club.