I grew up in a small town in Maine and took my first trip to Ireland at nineteen. That trip sealed my desire to travel and live abroad. I was lucky enough to live in New Zealand and then Ireland between 2004 and 2015 before returning to the coast of Maine with my family.
I graduated from Tufts University with a degree in Political Science and National University Ireland in Galway with a Master’s in Community Development. I also studied politics at Trinity College in Dublin and Wageningen University in the Netherlands. My research has appeared in the academic book A Living Countryside: The Politics of Sustainable Development and Catholic Women SPeak 2nd ed (publication Oct. 2018). I am now studying creative nonfiction writing with the Stonecoast MFA program.
As a writer, I combine my expertise in managing public policy programs and community development with a desire to illustrate the stories of individuals and groups. My work has appeared in Ms. Magazine, The Irish Times, Rewire News, TheJournal.ie, Irish Central, Shelterforce, and local Maine papers.
I love to comment on Irish-American issues, politics, women issues and the intersection of social policy and our daily lives. I am at work on a memoir about my experience of motherhood in Ireland as an American immigrant.