I began my first career in scholarly publishing at the University of Minnesota Press after graduating with a bachelor's degree in English literature and American studies in 2007. My work with authors reignited my curiosity about how relationships develop, how people make sense of their worlds, and how writing and identity are so often fused together. I became deeply interested in blending psychoanalytic theory with how systems of oppression create trauma for many marginalized people.
In 2010 I founded a reading group that focused on contemporary psychoanalytic theory (specifically object-relations, Klein, Bion, and attachment theory), and in 2011 I began volunteering at Walk-In Counseling Center as a receptionist and at the Neighborhood Involvement Program’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Center as a crisis counselor. In 2012, I enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work program with an emphasis in clinical mental health.
Throughout this time, I continued my work at the University of Minnesota Press. I was promoted to Humanities Editor in 2014 (the first woman and youngest person to hold this position) where I became responsible for acquiring titles in a range of fields, including queer and trans studies, critical race and ethnic studies, feminist philosophy, disability studies, and childhood studies. Many of the books I have acquired emphasize radical understandings of social justice and have gone on to win national and international awards.
I graduated with an MSW in 2016 and subsequently completed a two-year psychoanalytic psychotherapy fellowship at the Minnesota Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. My training has also included local, national, and international seminars and consultations focusing on dissociation and trauma, feminist psychoanalysis, and Kleinian psychoanalysis, amongst other topics.
Throughout my careers in both publishing and psychotherapy, I work to deeply understand and challenge systems of oppression, especially white supremacy, misogyny, homophobia, classism, and their myriad intersections.