Editing

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.