Michaela graduated in 2011 from Vassar College, where she majored in History, English, and French. She has also completed an M.A. in History and Literature with Columbia University. Her undergraduate history thesis focused on American writer Catharine Maria Sedgwick, while her Masters thesis was on women writers in America, France, and Great Britain in the early 19th century who used their fiction to have a political voice. Now, she is working on the Mashpee Revolt and constructions of sovereignty and citizenship in Jacksonian New England. Originally from New England herself, she also spent a few years living in Paris, France, before moving across the Mason-Dixon line.