Stacia studied at Michigan State University. In 2005 she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. After graduation, she worked and travelled before beginning her research at the University of Limerick in 2010. She is under the supervision of Dr. Andrew Shorten.
Stacia has been a tutor for modules in both Politics and Sociology as well as a tutor with the Disability Support Services for graduate and undergraduate students. Her research areas include: Normative Democratic Theory, International Relations, European Union Foreign Policy and Contemporary Sociological Theory.