In a previous life, Desirae Embree was a photographer based in Dallas, Texas. In 2012, she went back to school at Texas A&M University, where she majored in Philosophy and French, with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 2015. 

Desirae is currently a PhD student in the Department of English at Texas A&M University where she studies film and media, as well as gender and sexuality. Since mid-2015 she has been a regular contributor to PopMatters, where she is now an Associate Film Editor. She also volunteers with the Texas Equal Access Fund.

In her free time, she watches too much TV and dotes on her two cats.