Dr. Brekka was born at MacDill Air Force Base; as an adult she has lived in Illinois, Wisconsin, New York and Connecticut. She returned to Tampa in 1996, where she currently resides. Dr. Brekka received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tampa in 1988, her Master of Arts from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, in 1999, and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2012. Her honors and awards include the Certificate in Arts Administration, New York University, 2001; Newberry Library Fellowship, 2010; University Women's Club Scholar, University of Florida, 2010; University of Florida, School of Art + Art History Graduate Student of the Year, 2012. Dr. Brekka is an Instructor of Art History, University of South Florida, and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art History, University of Florida. She is a dedicated educator and has multiple publications in her field (1999-present), and has presented her research at international symposia and conferences (1995-present). She has a special interest in the effectiveness of arts curricula in ESE education; as such, she has served on capstone committees for University of Florida MA in Art Education graduates researching related topics. Dr. Brekka is the proud mother of two wonderful children, Adam (New York University '14) and Maggie (Flagler College '19).