Dionne Bensonsmith earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. A former basketball player, she earned her B.A. from the University of Notre Dame where she played for the now legendary Muffet McGraw. She is currently living in Claremont California where she teaches courses on race, gender, american politics and public policy at the Claremont Colleges.