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
Trauma and victim advocacy
Study abroad and non-traditional learning
Transitioning from academia to self-employment
Creative risk and big life changes
Pseudo-science, eugenics history
Keynote address at Beyond Academia conference, “The Opportunity of Crisis,” University of California, Berkeley (March 1, 2019).
Quoted in “Are Evangelical Adoption Agencies Stealing Children?” Dame Magazine, October 1, 2018.
Podcast Interview: Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies, “Historias 21: On Pernicious Stereotypes in Guatemala and Life #WithAPhD.” (September 17, 2018)
Podcast Interview; Academics Mean Business, "From a History PhD to a Writing Business." (May 29, 2018)
"Finding Footholds, Finding Your Way," in Succeeding Outside the Academy: Career Paths Beyond the Humanities, Social Sciences, and STEM, edited by Kelly J. Baker and Joe Fruscione University of Kansas Press, October 2018.
Podcast interview; Writer Wiz, "Academic Writing, and Life After the Ph.D." (April 9, 2018)
Featured on Freshbooks Blog, "Meet Lisa, a Writer Who Immediately Mastered Organization After Switching From Spreadsheets to Simple Cloud Accounting." March 26, 2018.
Live webinar about trauma: Graduate Women in Science; February 22, 2018
Guest blog post: The Professor Is In, "Leaving Academia: Learning to Grieve," September 27, 2018.
Guest blog post: The Professor Is In, "Leaving Academia: The Trauma of Identity Loss," September 18, 2017.
Essay: Nursing Clio, "Buried Secrets, Living Children: Secrecy, Shame, and Sealed Adoption Records," October 10, 2017.
Guest blog post: The Professor Is Out, "Classrooms without Walls," August 14, 2017.