I'm dedicated to helping people understand themselves and the world around them in new ways using the power of compassion, critical thinking, and creativity.
I'm interested in helping people shape their own understandings about the world and working with writers to tell those stories in engaging ways. I offer editing services and writing coaching.
In my own work, I'm passionate about thinking and writing about Latin America, history, archaeology, science, neoliberalism, critical thinking, writing, adoption, transitions, trauma, and career alternative for PhDs.
Although trained as an academic historian, I want to help bring academic knowledge and critical thinking to public audiences. I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a PhD in Latin American history. My research focused on how travelers, anthropologists, and others created stereotypes about Maya people in Guatemala in the 1930s.
I served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 2004-2006. My work there inspired a deep interest in issues of state sponsored violence and trauma.
PhD, History, University of Arizona, 2014
BA, History, Fort Lewis College, 2004
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"Lisa is a reliable and versatile thinker; the under-promoted skill-set that comes from long years of researching and thinking from within the humanities disciplines. I called her a midwife of ideas, because of her skill of reaching in and in a timely and effective way, helping you as you conjure, create, spill out an idea that you may have been guarding tightly for awhile. A service like this is rare and cannot be underestimated: Lisa is gifted at collaborating in the intimacy of an idea finding its way into the world. She will help to give them form with deft questioning and gentle concerns raised. It feels like an utter relief to have someone like her present at the birthing of an idea.I worked with her when creating a language teaching system. While there is still more to go, the days I spent with her sipping endless cups of tea and looking at the idea from different angles were memorable and important to me and to the project. I would recommend Lisa as an “idea midwife” for complex projects, and far-reaching visions; for organising the thoughts that go into a book, a project, or a plan of important and personal significance." ---E.G., Language Educator