Monica Migliorino Miller was born in 1953 in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Southern Illinois University where she majored in Theatre Arts. After receiving her Bachelor of Science degree, she truned to the study of Theology and attended graduate school at Loyola University of Chicago where she earned her master's degree. She taught for four years at Madonna High School for Girls in Chicago before beginning postgraduate studies in Theology at Marquette University in 1985. She received her Ph.D. in May 1991. The author has been a past-time lecturer in Theology at Marquette since 1987.