Linda Musumeci was born and raised in Philadelphia. After receiving a B.A. in International Relations from St. Joseph’s University, where she also minored in History and French, she moved to Chicago and earned an M.A. from the University of Chicago, also in International Relations, where she focused on international terrorism. After returning to Philadelphia, Linda worked for many years in academic publishing, on college-level texts concentrating on history, biography, Latin America, diplomacy, political science, and other fields before coming to the APS in 2004.