Prior to joining the Campus Y team in 2019, Friederike conducted her dissertation research while raising her young daughter. Her dissertation focused on the role of faculty mentoring relationships in the college experience of first-generation, low-income students. A native of East Germany, Friederike came to the US on a gap year program, working as an AuPair in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She lives in Chapel Hill with her partner, their daughter, and delightful puppy. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and international business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, a master’s degree in international education from the SIT Graduate Institute, and a PhD in educational research and policy analysis from North Carolina State University.