I was born and raised in Cliffwood Beach, New Jersey. Growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian. That changed over time. As it turned out, I worked in food service for twenty years, and now, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Literature Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz. I find myself here by way of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey; the University of San Diego, where I earned my Bachelor’s; and San Diego State University, where I began graduate work and research that has led me to UC Santa Cruz. I am grateful for the communities, friends, and mentors in each of these places. Thank you for your friendship, wisdom, and support!
I am looking forward to my continuing my professional, academic, and personal development all with the help of my loving partner, Chris, and my faithful chihuahua, Cowboy. Please explore my site to learn more about me.