Barbara was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. though she has moved extensively in pursuit of her education and her work. She attended The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA) in Santa Maria, CA and performed in plays there and at the Sacramento Theater Company. After PCPA Barbara attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for her BFA in Theatre Arts. In order to pursue an acting career after her BFA, Barbara moved to L.A. and lived and worked there for 3 years. It was then she decided to pursue her Master’s in Communication (with an emphasis on Intercultural Communication) Studies at California State University, Sacramento. While at Sac State Barbara began working at the American Red Cross in education outreach and volunteer management. She continued this work by later moving on to become the Volunteer Director at the Northern California chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society. After briefly moving to South Dakota for personal reasons Barbara decided to apply for PhD programs, and after a careful selection process chose the Communication Studies program at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) where she completed her doctoral program in 2017. Her dissertation analyzed the use of material objects in personalizing the nation-state narrative, and in supporting the right wing narrative of nationalism. Her case study was Switzerland. Barbara began her tenure-track faculty position at Big Bend Community College in the Fall of 2020 and is excited to continue to build the Department of Communication Studies and work with the excellent faculty present not only in the department, but across the college.