What I do
I work with faculty, independent scholars and writers, postdocs, and graduate students across the humanities and qualitative social sciences. I have experience working on a range of materials, including book manuscripts and article drafts, job dossier and promotion materials, dissertations, and “R&R”s (revise & resubmit). I have a particular fondness for helping recent PhDs and assistant professors revise their dissertations into book manuscripts. For associate and full professors, I enjoy developing articles and conference papers into full-length manuscripts, and developing research proposals for fellowships. Additionally, I offer writing consulting and coaching services, including accountability, addressing writer’s block, and developing writing strategies.
Some scholars feel apprehensive about working with an academic editor: is it cheating?, you might wonder. While scientists work in teams, because of our individual bylines humanists and qualitative social scientists often live with the myth that our work is supposed to be solitary. But a look at the acknowledgments page of any scholarly book will attest that good work arises from scholars who count on feedback from colleagues, partners, and friends. One of my favorite parts of academic life is the exchange of ideas, arguments, and stories, and the collaboration with other scholars to help them communicate in a compelling and clear manner—this is a central reason I’ve become an academic editor. Over time, a good relationship with an academic editor can nourish both intellectual and writing life.
Before I began my doctorate, I was an editor on the publications team at the American Health Information Management Association, where I edited textbook manuscripts from top scholars in the HIM field on both stylistic and developmental levels. Additionally, my book The Performance of Listening in Postcolonial Francophone Culture, was published by Liverpool University Press in 2018—so I have recent, personal experience with book proposal submission and editorial revision. I’ve worked with scholars in African American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Comparative Literature, Creative Writing, English, Ethnic Studies, French, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Higher Education, History, Literary History, Near Eastern Studies, Nursing, Philosophy, Social Welfare, and Sociology. As a scholar of French, I’m particularly aware of the concerns of non-native English writers—I welcome working with ESL and international scholars. I am also committed to working with scholars who carry disproportionate burdens of advising, committee, and service work.
Fiction and Creative Nonfiction
I hold an MFA in fiction from the Bennington Writing Seminars, and I have considerable experience as a writing workshop instructor. I also serve as a Contributing Editor at Fiction Writers Review. I see critique as a collaboration between writer and reader. As my testimonials demonstrate, several of the writers with whom I’ve worked have gone on to book publication and literary awards.