Kristina got her undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago, where she majored in fine arts. She studied theoretical linguistics as a graduate student but left before completing her doctorate. Later she returned to graduate school at the University of Illinois, where she completed a master’s in history. Kristina taught ESL at Triton College in Illinois for from 2002-2008 before moving to California. She also taught English composition at Truman College and various humanities classes at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She has taught in UCDE’s IEPP since 2008.