My career path

At university, I couldn’t decide between physics and English. Which was it going to be: rhyme or reason? So I did both! It has been my good fortune to move in both worlds ever since.

In graduate school, I realized that I was a confirmed generalist; the narrow focus of a PhD was not for me. So I left! Now I get to learn from fabulously smart, interesting people who are creating all kinds of new things and new knowledge.

My education

  • B.A. Illinois Wesleyan University, major in physics with a minor in English (summa cum laude)
  • M.Phil. University of Cambridge, linguistics (Trinity Hall)
  • Work toward Ph.D., Brown University, cognitive science

My experience

As an employee, I’ve worked in research labs (Argonne National Laboratory, U.S. Army Construction Engineering Research Laboratory) and universities (Brown University, The University of Chicago) as, variously, an editor, writer, web content manager, and administrator. My online resume is available on my LinkedIn profile.

As an independent writer and editor since 2000, I have supported a range of clients, primarily in academia, including Quest Books; Brookes Publishing; Pearson; the American Geophysical Union; the Association Management Center; the University of Chicago; the European Synchrotron (ESRF); RWDI , Inc. (consulting engineers), and various individual researchers at institutions such as the University of Illinois at Chicago and the National University for Health Sciences.