Author Bio

Lisa C. Paul was born in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, in 1962, and moved to Appleton, Wisconsin, when she was four. She is a 1980 graduate of Appleton West High School.

She first traveled to the Soviet Union in 1982 as part of a Soviet Studies semester during her sophomore year in college and attended Middlebury College’s Summer Russian Language School in 1983. In September 1983, she moved to Moscow to work as a nanny for an American family, whereshe lived from 1983 to 1985, just before Mikhail Gorbachev’s era of openness and reforms.

Lisa graduated with a major in Russian Area Studies from the University of Minnesota in 1986, and then she moved to Washington, D.C., to work on a landmark conference on U.S.-Soviet relations. After the conference, she worked for the American Committee on U.S.-Soviet Relations, and then decided to pursue a career in law.

She returned to her home state of Wisconsin in 1990 to attend Marquette University Law School. Lisa is currently a civil litigation attorney in Milwaukee, where she lives with her husband, Ross Puppe; their two daughters, Catherine, age 12, and Jamie, age 7; and their dog Rascal.

Lisa can be reached by email at

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