I graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a PhD in Latin American history. I’ve got a long list of non-academic jobs, including being a Peace Corps volunteer (Guatemala, 2004-2006), a veterinary technician, a medical receptionist in a bilingual hospital office, a teacher, a study abroad assistant, and most recently, a crime victim advocate. I’ve lived in Guatemala and Mexico and am currently figuring out how to engineer my life so I can return there. I co-host the biweekly #withaphd chat on Twitter, where academics of all stripes can network and share with each other about life outside of academia. I’m passionate about writing about Latin America, history, archaeology, science and pseudoscience, neoliberalism, critical thinking, writing, adoption, trauma, and the alt-ac life.


PhD, History, University of Arizona, 2014

BA, History, Fort Lewis College, 2004


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Photo Credit: AK Photography, Denver.

Photo Credit: AK Photography, Denver.


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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

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