Sunshine received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from Texas A&M University in 2016. Her research centers around changing health, foodways, and subsistence practices in the United States South between the 1830s and 1930s. She is an historical archaeologist interested in storageware, health and foodways, bioarchaeology, and farming.

While residing in College Station, Texas, she worked on numerous archaeology projects and served as assistant registrar for the Forsyth Galleries. She had the opportunity to work as a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology and taught Liberal Arts faculty and staff how to use technology in their classrooms and research. A recent move to the Tallahassee, FL has prompted her to begin exploring new research ideas in the Alabama/Florida/Georgia region.