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Member Spotlight: Lisa Daniels

Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis Using Stata: From Research Design to Final ReportLisa DanielsTAA member Lisa Daniels is a Professor of Economics and International Studies, and is both a textbook and academic author in the economics and statistics writing disciplines.

Her most recent publication is Introduction to Statistics and Data Analysis Using Stata: From Research Design to Final Report, published by Sage in 2019. Over the course of her career as a consultant in the field of international development and later as an academic, Daniels has published over 50 academic articles, book chapters, and consulting reports for international agencies.

What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on ancillary materials for our textbook including new data sets, PowerPoint slides, chapter exercises, and examples from the scholarly literature that illustrate the techniques described in the book.

Share a recent accomplishment.
Publishing a book on statistics that covers sampling techniques, questionnaire design, data analysis, and writing is the culmination of my work as an international consultant and an academic. My co-author and I were able to draw on our experience of designing and running national surveys in multiple countries in Africa and Asia. Combining this experience with teaching undergraduates, we hope that students will have a full picture of the research process and an appreciation of how exciting and relevant data analysis can be!

What is your favorite textbook writing tip or strategy?
Set aside writing time every day, even if it is only 20 minutes. I use the pomodoro method of setting a timer for 25-minute sessions. By writing every day, it is easy to dive back in on a daily basis.

What is your best TAA experience so far?
I felt so welcomed at my first TAA conference and was excited to meet fellow authors and publishing professionals. The newsletters, webinars, and resources on the TAA website are also invaluable and continue to help me learn more about the publishing industry.