Noël is a writer, researcher, and educator with over a decade of experience in varied environments: as book editor for an education company, as philosophy instructor, and as communicator within a corporation. Originally from the West Coast of the United States, she now lives in Zürich, Switzerland, with her Swiss husband and French dog. She tends to stay near the 47th parallel north, having previously lived in Seattle and Paris.
She received her PhD in philosophy from the University of Washington, Seattle, in 2003. She spent a couple years as a college professor before moving onto a job as an ethics officer of a Fortune 500 corporation, working on the company's code of ethics and internal ethics training.
For the last eight years she has worked as a freelance researcher, editor, and writer, as principal of 47th Parallel Editorial (www.47thparallel.ch). One of her main clients is Greenhaven Press, a publisher within Cengage Learning. For Greenhaven she has compiled over 100 titles, primarily within their Opposing Viewpoints series, which focuses on current social controversies and invites students to develop critical thinking skills by exploring a variety of viewpoints on controversial issues such as abortion, civil liberties, gun control, health care, and poverty. Other clients and recent projects include an academic who needed help writing a grant (ultimately successful) and a nonprofit organization that needed heavy editing for a lengthy application for external certification.
Noël is currently writing a book for young people about love, drawing upon philosophy, literature, and pop culture.