Kristin Girard has a PhD in literature (SUNY Stony Brook, 2006) with emphasis on Cultural and Media Studies and a certificate in Women’s Studies. Her doctoral dissertation focused on contemporary representations of parent-child relationships, especially on the ways adolescent girls attempt to define their own identities and gain independence as they transition into adulthood.

In 2007, after ten years teaching of literature, composition and cultural studies at SUNY Stony Brook and, later, at the Georgia Institute of Technology, she left academia to become a full-time freelance writer and editor of the metro Atlanta magazine Fayette Woman. Her published articles include numerous cover stories on notable Atlanta women (“Kim Hudson: The Real Deal”), informative essays on parenting issues such as bullying (“The Bullies: Pushing Back”) and homework technologies (“Online and On the Ball”); and humorous first-person essays (“The Great Spinach Lasagna Mutiny”, “The Fitness Bootcamp Diaries”).  While she writes about a wide range of subjects, her articles most often focus on topics such as parenting, cooking, healthy living, education, travel and staying organized.