Who We Are


WISSEN works with consultants who have earned the highest academic degrees in their fields–and who have had extensive writing and project management experience.

Natasha Goldman, PhD, is of President of WISSEN, Inc. and Research Associate at Bowdoin College. She is a higher education consultant, published scholar, and federal grant winner. She lives and works in Brookline, MA. She earned her doctorate from the University of Rochester (Graduate Program in Visual and Cultural Studies, Department of Art and Art History) in 2002.

Natasha started in the grants world back in the late 80s, during her college years, when she was the grants intern in the Francis Sterling Honors Program at Syracuse University. After college, she chose an academic path, and was a professor for seventeen years, teaching art history and visual culture at a range of institutions, from small, elite, liberal arts colleges to large, public and private universities. Her research has been funded by the Fulbright-Hays, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Carnegie Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, the DFG – Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – Graduiertenkolleg (German Research Association), and the National Endowment of the Humanities.

She began cutting her teeth with a large corporate grants firm in 2014 and founded WISSEN in 2018. Natasha loves helping clients formulate grant projects and strategize their campus priorities. Among others, she has won NSF, NEH, DOJ, Fulbright, and foundation awards for her clients.

Her book, Memory Passages: Holocaust Memorials in the United States and Germany, was published by Temple University Press (2020). She is a 2018 and 2020 awardee, along with co-director Page Herrlinger, of an NEH Summer Seminar for School Teachers on the topic of “Teaching the Holocaust through Visual Culture” (https://courses.bowdoin.edu/teaching-the-holocaust-through-visual-culture/). For more about Natasha’s academic work, please visit: https://www.bowdoin.edu/profiles/faculty/nhomann/. .edu/profiles/faculty/nhomann/. She still actively presents at conferences, gives lectures, and leads discussions about art and fascism in colleges and public schools.


To fulfill our clients’ needs, WISSEN works with consultants who have PhDs and MAs from Harvard University, University of Chicago, Tufts University, University of North Carolina, University of Rochester, and Oxford University, among others. They specialize in the natural sciences, social sciences, arts, law, and humanities and play various roles in the higher education consulting process.