I am from Wheeling, WV where I attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School. In 2008, I graduated from West Virginia University with a BS in Business Administration and BA in History. Following my graduation, I worked as an intern in Munich, Germany, at Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, on Capitol Hill, and in the Historical Office of the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In 2011, I completed my MA in History at George Mason University.

I started my PhD studies in 2011 under Professor Adam Seipp at Texas A&M University where my research focused on the American occupation of Germany following the Second World War. During my studies, I spent two years living, researching, and writing in Germany supported by the DAAD and the Berlin Program for Advanced German and European Studies. After returning from Germany, I taught history at Texas A&M and received a dissertation completion fellowship from the university. I defended my dissertation in November 2019. From February 2020 to March 2021, I was the post doctoral fellow with the Analysis and Research Team at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. I also edit book reviews for the Humanities and Social Sciences Online and host interviews as part of the New Books Network.

In addition to my work, I enjoy hiking, ice skating, cycling, photography, and improving my gluten free baking abilities.