About Me

I am a nonfiction writer who gets kids and teens excited about people, places, and their own power to make change. I write about a variety of social studies topics, including history, economics, current events, and biography.

Before writing for kids, I was a social science researcher focused on human development and education. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics and in German Literature from Vassar College, a master’s degree in Economics from Princeton University, and a doctorate from Northwestern University in Human Development and Social Policy.

I live outside Chicago with my husband, two daughters, a cat named Pumpkin Pie, and lots of books. I enjoy cooking, puzzles, traveling, and am learning to garden.

Photography: Martha Abelson