Between 1945 and 1973, single mothers in the United States gave birth in an era of secrecy and shame that historians of adoption call the Baby Scoop Era (BSE).1 During this time, millions of unwed mothers gave birth to children who they often unwillingly relinquished for adoption. Although precise numbers are elusive, as many as… Read more →
Lisa graduated from the University of Arizona in 2015 with a PhD in Latin American history. She has a long list of non-academic jobs, including being a Peace Corps volunteer (Guatemala, 2004-2006), a veterinary technician, a medical receptionist in a bilingual hospital office, a teacher, a study abroad assistant, and most recently, a crime victim advocate. She’s lived in Guatemala and Mexico and is currently figuring out how to engineer her life to return there. She co-hosts the biweekly #withaphd chat on Twitter, where academics of all stripes can network and share with each other about life outside of academia. She’s passionate about writing about Latin America, history, archaeology, science and pseudoscience, neoliberalism, critical thinking, writing, adoption, trauma, and the alt-ac life.