Kirsten earned her B.A. Degree in Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of WA in Seattle. She earned her M.A. Degree in History and Archiving at CA State University Northridge, and was an intern at the U.S. Navy Seabee Museum in Port Hueneme, CA, for a year as a graduate student. Kirsten also attended ABA-Accredited Whittier College of Law in Costa Mesa for two years, and passed all of her classes. She is still in good standing, and was a T.A. in Contracts in law school due to her high grades in that topic.
Kirsten has been widely published in magazines, newspapers, books, professional journals, academic papers, and also on websites. Her work has been cited by the Brooklyn Museum (NY); in Daniel Scharf's "For Humane Borders: Two Decades of Death and Illegal Activity in the Sonoran Desert" in the "Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law"; in Chris Bobel's "Our Revolution Has Style" in "Sex Roles Journal, Volume 54"; in Elizabeth Bernstein's "Carceral Politics as Gender Justice?" in "Theory and Society Journal/Columbia University, Volume 43"; in Katherine Ann Casey-Sawicki's "The Circulation of Reality Tv and Internet Activism: Real World Meet the Zapatistas" published by the University of Florida; in Marcyrose Chvasta's "Anger, Irony, and Protest: Confronting the Issue of Efficacy, Again" in the "Journal of Text and Performance Quarterly, 26" and more. Kirsten has self-published many books on a wide range of topics including herbal cosmetics, CA history, travel, historical cookbooks, how-to books, cultural interviews, etc.
In her personal life, Kirsten is a parent, and enjoys outdoor activities and historical exploration. She is a painter and musician, was a street performer for decades, loves fresh farm to the table food, enjoys reading and writing, and can still be found performing comedy. Kirsten especially loves Southern CA history and archival research about the Wild West and the CA Missions.