People are at the heart of everything I do. As scholars, we tell stories about people and analyze them in order to create new understandings of the world around us. I believe in connecting people with ideas in order to generate solutions to some serious real world problems. I want to help and empower scholars to combine the power of language and writing with their own unique strengths to challenge assumptions and inspire others to create innovative new ideas. I’m fascinated by thinking about how and why we think about the world around us and the possibilities of changing our thinking transform it. I value honesty, integrity, curiosity, creativity, cooperation, and compassion.
PhD, History, University of Arizona, 2014
BA, History, Fort Lewis College, 2004
I hold a PhD in Latin American history from the University of Arizona with a specialization in early 20th century Guatemala. I've written a dissertation, published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, and given conference presentations in both English and Spanish in the U.S. and Central America. I'm currently working on transforming my dissertation into a book.
I've edited documents professionally in both history and other disciplines, including book chapters, conference papers, grant proposals, job documents, dissertations, and theses. Though I am not certified as a translator, I speak and read Spanish fluently. I have specific experience helping ESL scholars to prepare their written work for English-speaking audiences.
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WHO I AM
In addition to being a writer and editor, I've also been a grocery stocker, a veterinary technician, a Peace Corps volunteer, an addiction hotline operator, a medical receptionist, a teaching assistant, a PhD student, and most recently, a crime victim advocate.
When I'm not writing or editing, I'm probably reading, taking pictures, or knitting.
I'm also an adult adoptee and a strong advocate of adoption reform. I write about my views on adoption on a personal blog that can be found here.
(All photography on this site is mine, unless otherwise noted.)
"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