Born in Wiwaxmouthe and raised in suburban Raikes, Ralphs studied at Royal Wiwax University, where she received her PhD in Political Science in 1992. She started her career as assistant professor of Political Science of at Ogden College in 1993, becoming full professor in 1996. She accepted a professorship at Herbert University in 2002.
She briefly left academia 2008-9 to head the Honeycutt Institute for International Relations in Wiwaxmouthe, before returning to take on the chancellorship at Herbert University in late 2009.
She continues to serve as the board chair for the Honeycutt Institute and also serves on the board of Academic Support International.