Dr. Susannah Martin was born and raised in Sacramento, California.  She did her graduate work at UC Davis and earned her Ph.D in German Language with a Designated Emphasis in Second Language Acquisition with research stints in Berlin, Germany and St. Gall, Switzerland.  She has lived and worked or studied in Berlin, Heidelberg, Göttingen, St. Gall, and Zurich.  She is currently working in the fields of foreign language education and study abroad.

She is also very involved in NorCal Boxer Rescue.