Julia Nusbaum created HerStry after graduating from Vanderbilt University Divinity School in 2014 with her Master of Theological Studies. You might think a background in theology would make her an odd candidate for creating a feminist storytelling community, but we beg to differ.

In 2014 while finishing her master's thesis work at Thistle Farms, a recovery community in Nashville, Tennessee for women who have survived trafficking, addiction and life on the streets, Julia started a writing class. It was there, writing with the women of Thistle Farms, that she discovered the deep need women have to tell their stories. She discovered how our narratives shape how we see the world and how we perceive ourselves. Julia realized that by telling our stories and claiming our voices we start to become strong, confident, and empathetic women.


Meet the HerStry Team


Julia Nusbaum:

Julia is the creator and curator of HerStry. If you submit a story she will edit it for you, give you feed back, and help you make it publication ready. Julia currently lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her partner. When she is not working on HerStry she can be found working on her novel, reading, or cooking. You can follow her adventures on Instagram at @jules.nusbaum or @herstryblg. 


AShlee Christensen: 
Amplify Columnist

Ashlee lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is an Illinois native - grew up in the Chicago suburbs, went to school at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL, and lived in the city of Chicago up until 2015. In June 2015, she packed up with her partner and moved to the city she has absolutely fallen in love with, Pittsburgh! When she's not at work, she can typically be found in yoga class, working on the next edition of AMPLIFY, cuddling with George the cat, or enjoying trying to figure out what next home improvement task she is
going to take on. Follow her nonsense on Twitter: @trashleeinpgh


Emily Perret:
Communications Intern

Emily is a senior at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee majoring in Journalism, Advertising and Media Studies, with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations, with a minor in Communications. 

She loves traveling and lived in Italy for six months. She focused on the three P’s (pizza, pasta and pastries). While she may be French, Irish and Polish, her heart and stomach are Italian. Emily is Grandma’s best friend, a cat godmother and one of her sisters is an adorable pup named Mia. She loves her family and would gladly spend a Friday night watching movies with her parents. Emily is a Green Bay Packers fan, a former competitive figure skater, is always down for volleyball and enjoys biking, water skiing and cross-country skiing.