Think of editing is as engineering and architecture but for words; my job is to leave things a little sturdier or stronger than how I found them. I often work as a developmental editor with academics working on books, journal articles, or conference papers. I’m just as comfortable with line editing or wrangling copy into house style (and have a special affection for the Chicago Manual of Style). I’ve worked with historians, literary scholars, political scientists, and scientists, non-profits, editorial boards, and consulting firms. Here are a few highlights:
As the first managing editor of History of the Present, founded by Joan W. Scott at the Institute for Advanced Study, I created the journal’s editorial systems from scratch. I wrote the journal’s style guide, copyedited 3 issues a year, got our issues to the press on time and shepherded them through production.
Helped master’s students in Harvard’s Museum Studies program organize and write their theses.
Developmental editor for Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos, a lively “greatest hits” story of modern astrophysics.
Manuscript read prior to press submission for the first trade book from one of the founding voices of American gender history.
Edited and imposed house style on a multi-article sponsored content supplement on big-bet philanthropy for the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Developmental editor and writing coach for a New York Times op-ed.
Developmental editor for a cultural biography of Julia Margaret Cameron written by an internationally-recognized photographic historian.