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Redling, Erik, ed. Travelling Traditions: Nineteenth-Century Cultural Concepts and Transatlantic Intellectual Networks. Berlin: De Gruyter, 2015 (or early 2016).

Dimas, Carlos. "Harvesting Cholera." Developmental and copy-editing of journal article in preparation for peer review.

“Democratizing the University, Democratizing the Nation: Student Activism and the Contestation of Control in Pinochet’s Chile.” M.A. Thesis, University of Arizona, 2015.

"Delivering the Nation, Raising the State: Gender, Childbirth, and the Indian Problem in Bolivia's Obstetric Movement, 1900-1982." PhD dissertation, University of Arizona, 2015.

"By the time I was in the last phase of my dissertation revisions, I couldn't even see the typos, repetitive word use, and awkward sentences. Lisa made the final revision process painless. She found my typos, highlighted sentences that needed a little editing love, and made helpful suggestions for smoothing out the rough spots. I trust and value her writing advice."  --K.G., PhD

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