Pauline Cheek earned an A.B. from Wake Forest University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a M.A.T. in English from Duke University. She also earned a M. Divinity degree from Earlham School of Religion in Richmond, Indiana. Interested in ecology, peacemaking, and experiential education, she has recently participated in exchanges that involve interpreting Appalachia to people in Denmark, Belize, and Cuba.