Nonesuch Editing specializes in substantive and developmental author editing for scholars, researchers, and postdocs. I work with academic and supporting texts in the narrative social sciences and humanities, helping to get texts ready for submission to a publisher, an acquisitions or series editor, a granting agency, or a prospective employer. As a native English speaker and a speaker of several additional languages, I also handle author editing for multilanguage/multiliterate writers whose text requires an extra level of attention to linguistic and writing-culture transposition.
I look at how a text works as a text: how it hangs together as a unit of discourse; how its arguments chart a coherent narrative; how it leverages theory, sources, and evidence; how it functions within your discipline’s literary genre; how well-suited it is to your target readership; how persuasively and musically it reads; how faithfully it articulates your authorial stance on your subject. Because of this close-read approach, I offer author editing at a substantive and developmental level. In addition to developmental and substantive edits concerning motivation, thesis, evidence-theory pairs, and argument strategy, my editing services include structural editing for organization, content & conceptual rigor; stylistic editing for voice, coherence & flow; and copy editing for accuracy, consistency, reference formatting, grammar & house style.
Chicago, Oxford/New Hart’s, APA, ASA, and MLA are the dominant academic styles in the social sciences and humanities. I edit in all five according to publisher preferences or submission requirements and easily adapt to unique house or author styles. I have experience with UN, EU, and US agency styles, handle language localization across US, Canadian, and British English, and can apply inclusive style and appropriate terminology usage for various communities.
I edit journal articles and special issues; book manuscripts (monographs and edited volumes) and chapters; book and grant proposals; job-application, fellowship, and submission letters; curricula vitae; presentations and manuals. I also handle footnotes/references, tables, illustrations, fact-checking, and permissions advice.
I have an MPhil from the Department of Anthropology at Columbia University, an MA from the Department of History at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor where I achieved candidacy in the Doctoral Program in Anthropology and History, and an MA from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilization at the University of Washington-Seattle. I hold a certificate in copy editing from the University of California-San Diego and have completed training at the University of Chicago in developmental editing.
I have edited monograph-length manuscripts published at university and academic trade presses (e.g., Stanford, Duke, California, Cornell, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Syracuse, Springer, Basic Books/John Murray Press) and article-length manuscripts published in high-ranking journals (e.g., Public Culture; Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism; Comparative Studies of South Asia, Africa and the Middle East; British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies; Current Anthropology; American Ethnologist; Social Anthropology; Anthropological Theory; Ethnic and Racial Studies; Journal of Refugee Studies; Journal of Ethnic & Migration Studies; Ethnicities; Punishment & Society; Comparative Sociology). I have edited manuscripts for researchers working in anthropology, history, sociology, political science, political theory, gender studies, cultural studies, peace studies, geography, and comparative religion. I work regularly in Turkish, French, Dutch, and German, and have a knowledge of Turkic, Persian, Semitic, and Slavic languages. My area expertise covers Central Asia, the Middle East, the Caucasus, the Balkans, and Europe.
An enthusiast of the printed word and cross-cultural knowledge production, I live in Leiden, Netherlands with my family and a five-meter-high library. The Chicago Manual of Style has been my favorite style guide for over three and a half decades.