Julianna Kelly Bratt grew up in New England and came to Utah for school. She graduated from BYU with a degree in family history and a minor in English. Since graduating, she has worked several jobs, including professional family history research and as a conservation tech at a book bindery and repair shop. She is interested in the ways that material culture and preservation intersect with place and the past. She loves her wet and forested New England home and has been trying for several years to adapt to desert life.