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Cultural Anthropologist with expertise in cross-cultural child development, education, user experience and psychological/contextual well-being. With professional training and practical job experiences, I work at the nexus of theory, science, and real-world applications. I am passionate about positive change for individuals and communities. As an enthusiastic public speaker and teacher, I thrive when constructing collaborations and projects with and for children, youth, and adults. My ideas flourish when lateral thinking is given precedence. I am a strong team player who can also work independently to develop, implement, and complete projects.

I focus on bottom-up solutions

so we can gaze beyond our own cup's rim!


Project management

Enthusiastic public speaking

Admin and organizational tasks

Generating Ideas

Design Thinking

Networked and global thinking

Energetic team player

Goal and outcomes oriented

Quick study


Task juggling

Independent worker

Empathy and openness

Software Tools
Freelancer (Switzerland)


  • Professional translation work German-English

  • Workshop facilitation

  • Expert consultant for UX design Studio Llama GmbH to proactively integrate social complexities into a responsible UX re-design process including topics of privacy, dark patterns and societal trends/shifts

Fundraising and Program Assistant, Internship
Breathe International (Switzerland)

​Sep 2020 - Oct 2020

  •  Assisted in the financial sustainability plan development

  • Collaborator in strategic team meetings

  • Managed and grew database for analysis and ideation

Innovation Ethicist, Project Management Internship
ethix - Lab for Innovation Ethics (Switzerland)

​2018 - 2019

  • Managed diverse & time-sensitive projects relating to ethical use of technology including educational content for classroom delivery

  • Provided actionable insights to cross-functional partners including graphic designers and tech company clients

  • Researcher and writer of 6 company publications on ethical issues (available at this Swiss start-up, including ethics of tech in childhood and youth, digital transformations, and ethical risks of tracking technologies

  • Lead developer of “EX Ethical User Design Label” prototype through collaboration with UX Designers

  • Speaker and coordinator for 10+ presentations (audiences up to 150), workshops and a thinkathon

Co-Lead and Teacher
German American School of Palo Alto Summer School Camp (Non-profit)

​2007 - 2018


  • Developed creative educational environments and content anchored in project-based learning

  • Practiced sociocultural pedagogy and engagment

  • Oversaw several classes of up to 30, age groups 3-13, and supervised the teaching team

  • Devised and implemented daily team workflows and long-term projects

  • Event planner and speaker at workshops for German teachers in the USA

  • Financial and materials overview

  • Cooperation with external cultural artists and guest speakers including the bicycle police, Brazilian musicians, German baker and a black smith.



Teaching Fellow
Department of Anthropology, UCLA

​2014 - 2018

  • Collaborated with teaching teams in a multicultural environment

  • Balanced creative approaches to teaching with pragmatic requirements

  • Managed discussion sections, classes and labs for over 480 students total across 12 courses

  • Facilitated discussions and lectured on complex topics including social power and refuting false biological claims about race

  • Drafted and implemented course, examination, and assessment guidelines

Doctoral Researcher
Department of Anthropology, UCLA

​2013 - 2018


  • Conducted mixed-methods research, analysis and evaluation of the impact of after-school programs among low-income youth, including their quality of life, well-being, life skills and program mechanisms

  • Interviewed a diverse group of youth, parents and employees of a non-profit organization

  • Engaged global networked thinking to approach problems from diverse perspectives

  • Pioneered a research method employing wearable electrodermal conductance measurements for in-depth analysis of human experiences

  • Efficient comprehension uptake of new and diverse topics including psychological well-being, cross-cultural child and youth development, sources of social inequalitie

  • Designed and executed ethnographic research resulting in 4 publications and 3 presentations

Microsoft Suite

Google Drive Suite


Adobe Acrobat Pro, Photoshop and InDesign (basics)

R Statistics (basics)


Word Press/ Wix

Inqscribe (transcriptions)

Asana (project management)

ArcGIS (basics)



Un- and Semi-structured interviews

Focal follows



Mixed-methods applications

Quantitative statistics


Entry level time-series analysis

User experience


Data coding/analysis


English: Native

German: Native

Spanish: Proficient

Swiss German: Good comprehension

French: Beginner (motivated to learn)

Ph.D. Anthropology
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

​2013 - 2018

M.A. Anthropology
Colorado State University

​2010 - 2012


B.A. Human Development (Self-designed course of study)
University of the Pacific

​2005 - 2009