I grew up in Cave Junction, OR. I went to Loyola University, New Orleans, where I majored in History and Political Science. I received a Masters in Public Policy and PhD in American Politics and Public Policy from Claremont Graduate University under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Merolla. I am married to Zachary Danner. We like to travel, eat delicious food, attend concerts, and explore the best city in the world - New Orleans! In my spare time, I tweet about Women and Politics, read, cook, and hang out with my dogs and cat.