I was born in Los Angeles and raised between the vistas of the Santa Monica mountains and the landscapes of West Germany. I got my undergraduate degree in History (with honors) from UC Berkeley. I also completed a year abroad in Bologna, where I studied Italian history, Women's Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies.
After graduation I lived in Paris and then Rome before beginning a graduate career at Columbia University, where I specialized in Italian, Habsburg, and Balkan studies. I also spent one year researching my first book in Italy (Florence, Venice, Trieste) and three years in Croatia (Zagreb, Zadar). I received my PhD in History with Distinction in 2007, under the tutelage of Victoria de Grazia, Istvan Deak, Volker Berghahn, Mark Mazower, Larry Wolff, and Samuel Moyn.
In 2006-2007 I was a Remarque Fellow and a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU. In 2007 I joined the history faculty at the University of Miami and received tenure in 2013. For my second book I completed three years of research in Italy, Croatia, the UK, Germany, and the US. Currently I am an editor for the Cambridge University Press journal Contemporary European History and the Purdue University Press book series Central European Studies.
My interests in the history of Modern Europe remain consistently focused on moving the spotlight away from the stories we all know, to those we have ignored unwisely.
At the University of Miami, my teaching introduces students to Europe as if it were an unknown world, emphasizing cultural and social dynamics alongside the political histories students so crave. I am currently the Placement and Social Media Officer and a member of Faculty Senate and the Graduate Studies Committee. In the past I have served as the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Director of Cognates, and a member of the Executive Committee.