1981University 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.
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 - CurrentUniversity 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 - CurrentKali 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.
1996-2006The 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.
1989-1996Vietnam 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.
1989-1993United 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.
- Literary Theory
- Critical theory
- Public Health
- American Studies
- African American Studies
- Cultural Studies
- Gender Studies
- Trauma studies
- Grounded theory
- Field Research
- Close reading
- Qualitative coding
- Discourse theory
- 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
- Colorectal cancer screening
- Smoking cessation
- African American literature
- Gender mainstreaming
- Vietnam war
- Substantive editing
- Grant writing
- Information design for the web
- Scientific writing
- Graphic design
- Qualitative software