She received her B.A. in Latin from Haverford College in 2009 and spent a post-graduate year developing service-learning initiatives at Parkway NW High School for Peace and Social Justice in Philadelphia.
She then resumed her studies of Classics at CUNY Graduate Center, where she co-organized the annual Graduate Students conference "Classica Africana: The African and African-American Presence in the Classical Tradition." Her present interests include the African, especially Ethiopian, presence in the ancient empires, Greek Old Comedy, and the ancient novel. In her free time, she likes to tap dance, study Swahili, and watch Bollywood movies.