Academic Resume


University of California at Santa Cruz

B.A. in American Studies

An interdisciplinary liberal arts degree with a focus on American history, literature, sociology, and ethnic studies.

Yale University

Ph.D. in American Studies

An interdisciplinary graduate degree (historiography, literary theory, sociology, clinical psychology, critical race theory, feminist theory) with a focus on the cultural effects of psychological trauma. 


2011 - Current
University of Bern (ISPM, BIHAM, Medical Library)

Scientific editor and qualitative researcher

I began as the scientific editor at the Institute for Social and Preventive Medicine (ISPM), then split my time between ISPM and the Institute of Primary Care (BIHAM) because I was offered the opportunity to participate in research. I eventually left ISPM to work as a curriculum designer at the Medical Library, and still also work at BIHAM. As a substantive editor and a researcher, I often participate as a co-author.

2006 - Current
Kali Tal Consulting

Substantive editor, consultant, writing coach

Academic editing, mainly in the humanities and social sciences until 2011, then shifting primarily to medicine and international human rights law. I edit for a select group of clients who appreciate substantive critique and coaching to improve their writing in English. Since 2015, I have offered intensive scientific writing workshops on-site and via Zoom in Europe and abroad, in countries ranging from Italy to Turkey to South Africa to Japan.

The University of Arizona

Professor of Humanities

I was hired as a founding faculty member of a now-defunct liberal arts college of the University of Arizona, where I designed and taught Cultural Studies courses and created new programs, including a highly successful collaboration between arts students and working artists in the community (Community Mentors in the Arts). When the college closed in 2003, I taught on the main campus for several years, before relocated to Germany.

Vietnam Generation, Inc & Burning Cities Press

Editor, publisher, CEO

In 1998 I founded an academic journal called Vietnam Generation, which became the journal of record in the field of 1960s studies until its demise in 1996. The journal was published by a nonprofit corporation (Vietnam Generation, Inc.) which I ran during that time. In 1989, I ran the first of three successful yearly international conferences (Sixties Generations), and also founded a poetry and fiction press (Burning Cities), which mainly published work related to the 1960s and the Vietnam war.  In 1993, I created the Sixties Generation website, one of the first content-heavy websites on the new public internet. The Vietnam Generation, Inc. archives have all been digitized and are housed at in the special collection of LaSalle University.

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Oral history archivist, media and educational consultant

Initially hired to work as an oral history archivist, I soon moved over to the Museum's Learning Center, where I developed educational materials and designed databases—in particular a database of the thousands of Nazi concentration camps, most of which were rarely noted in histories.  


  • Historiography
  • Literary Theory
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Anthropology
  • Critical theory
  • Public Health

Area studies

  • American Studies
  • African American Studies
  • Cultural Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Trauma studies


  • Semiotics
  • Intersectionality
  • Grounded theory
  • Narratology
  • Field Research
  • Close reading
  • Qualitative coding
  • Participant-observer
  • Discourse theory
  • Post-structuralism
  • Marxist theory
  • Delphi method
  • Critical theory
  • Participatory action research
  • Citizen science


  • Post WW2 US history and culture
  • Psychological trauma
  • HIV treatment in Africa
  • Palliative care
  • Homicide-suicide
  • Afrofuturism
  • Colorectal cancer screening
  • Smoking cessation
  • African American literature
  • Racism
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Vietnam war


  • Substantive editing
  • Grant writing
  • Information design for the web
  • Scientific writing
  • Teaching
  • Coaching
  • Graphic design
  • Qualitative software
  • Interviewing
  • Research
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