Sharese attended the University of Rochester for her Bachelor’s degree, majoring in linguistics and minoring in American Sign Language. She was a doctoral student in the Linguistics Department at Stanford University. Her work took a multifaceted approach to studying the relationship between radicalization, racial identity, and language. Specifically, Sharese employed both ethnographic and experimental methods to examine how African American language and identity is constructed, perceived, and evaluated. She completed her dissertation Linguistic and Social Diversity Across African Americans from Rochester, New York and graduated in 2018. As a kid, Sharese wanted to be a hair dresser or an actress. One of her favorite movies was The Matrix.