Hannah Palsa is a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, IN. She graduated from Purdue University with a BA in History and a minor in English Literature in 2014. She graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2018 with her MA in History, concentrating on twentieth-century animal history, with an additional focus on hunting history and animal conservation. Her research is concentrated on the Dogs for Defense program of World War II and the K9 Corps. She is the first historian to study the Dogs for Defense program in depth. She is set to begin her PhD at Kansas State University in fall of 2019. She is owned by a very spoiled cat named Smokey.