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 became interested in the way 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 founder and Editor in Chief of HerStry. She is a native of rural Northern Illinois where she grew up on a farm. She earned her bachelor's degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL and received her master’s degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She now lives and works in Milwaukee, WI. When she’s not working she can be found enjoying Wisco’s many state parks, baking, reading or working on her novel. You can follow her on Instagram: @jules.nusbaum


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


Claire Barten:
Editorial Intern

Claire studies writing-intensive English and public relations in Milwaukee. She hopes to receive a publishing certificate after graduation to work with middle-grade and YA fiction. Her goal is to bring greater sustainability to publishing companies and ensure stories can resonate with younger generations. When Claire isn’t editing for HerStry, she is reading the latest fantasy novels, writing on her book blog, or exploring local festivals. 

Hannah Strukoff:
Communications Intern

Hannah is a senior at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee and is studying Community Arts and Communication with a minor in Art History. With this triage educational background, she hopes to contribute her communication and creative skills to the HerStry organization. If Hannah isn't working or in school, she is probably painting, playing with her cats or hanging out with close friends. Female empowerment is very important to Hannah, so she hopes to spread that message even further over the course of these next few months at HerStry.

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