First Lady Sheena Chestnut Greitens was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, the oldest of four children. Growing up, she enjoyed Scottish Highland dancing, cheerleading, her church youth group, and spending time outdoors with her parents and siblings.
Sheena attended Stanford University, where she graduated with a B.A. in political science, and Oxford University, where she studied as a Marshall Scholar. She earned a Ph.D. in Government from Harvard University, and published a book based on her doctoral research last year. Today, she is proud to serve as an assistant professor at the University of Missouri, where she does research and teaches Missouri’s students about democracy and dictatorship, East Asian politics, and American national security and foreign policy in Asia.
Eric and Sheena were married in 2011, and are the proud parents of two sons, Joshua and Jacob. They enjoy spending time together as a family reading, baking cookies, or being outdoors at one of Missouri’s many state parks and hiking trails.
As First Lady, Sheena focuses on foster care and adoption initiatives, an interest sparked by the adoption of her younger sister when Sheena was eight years old. As an educator and a mother, Sheena believes strongly in the importance of protecting our most vulnerable children, and looks forward to working to strengthen families across the state.