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Elizabeth Nelson

Elizabeth Nelson


  • Ph.D., Depth Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • M.A., English Literature, San Francisco State University
  • B.A., Economics and Political Science, UC Davis

Elizabeth has been a member of the faculty since 2003 and also serves as Pacifica’s Dissertation Policy Director. She specializes in scholarly writing, research process and strategy, methodology, and dissertation development and also teaches courses in dream, imagery, and cultural studies. Her own research interests include personal and cultural expressions of the shadow, gender, and power, with a particular devotion to dangerous women in text, film, and life. Elizabeth has bridged her professional experience in technology with her background in literature and expertise in depth psychology to teach courses on the profound impact of digital technology. Elizabeth is the author of two books, The Art of Inquiry: A Depth Psychological Perspective, coauthored with Joseph Coppin, which is now in its third edition (Spring Publications, 2017). Her second book is Psyche’s Knife: Archetypal Explorations of Love and Power (Chiron, 2012). She has also published several papers and contributed chapters to books on a variety of subjects including feminism, film, and research. As a professional writer and editor for nearly 30 years, Elizabeth continues to coach aspiring authors across a variety of genres and styles. Courses taught: Somatic Dreamwork, Psyche, Soma, Cyborg, Digital Life and the Soul, Scholarly Writing and Publication, Foundations of Research, Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research, Research Strategies, and Dissertation Development I & II.