Photo credit: AK Photo, Denver

Photo credit: AK Photo, Denver


I'm an entrepreneur with a PhD in history. I own a small, independent writing business called the Mérida Collective Writing Project. I help academic writers get more writing done with less shame and greater joy.

I host writing retreats in Mexico and Guatemala to provide safe, collaborative spaces for writers to take creative risks in their work. I coach writers to help them use their own creativity and ingenuity to create strategies to reach their writing goals. I also provide academic editing services to scholars in the humanities.

Areas of Expertise

I speak and write about the following topics:

  • Latin American history

  • Guatemala, early 20th century to present

  • Adoption and adoption history

  • State violence against families and children

  • Neoliberalism

  • Trauma and victim advocacy

  • Writing processes

  • Study abroad and non-traditional learning

  • Transitioning from academia to self-employment

  • Creative risk and big life changes

  • Pseudo-science, eugenics history

  • Student debt


  • Keynote address at Beyond Academia conference, “The Opportunity of Crisis,” University of California, Berkeley (March 1, 2019).


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