Michaela was born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. She graduated in 2017 from Boston University with a B.S. in Film and Television. She originally planned to study screenwriting but found herself much more interested in her classes on media history and representation. Her research interests include representations of non-monogamy in television, the creative constraints of channel branding and reputation, and the ways in which identity is bought, constructed and sold back to users through branded commodities.