Professional Editors

The following list of copyeditors expressed interest in being included on this referral list based on a call put out over social media. Students will need to discuss pay rates with any potential copyeditors they choose to contact.

Please note that The Writing Center has compiled this list as a service to GC students interested in hiring a copyeditor. That being said, the Center cannot vouch for the people included on this list. If you have a bad experience working with someone, please let us know so we can take that person off the list.

Eileen Sperry 

I’ve taught writing for the last six years, with classes both at the freshmen and doctoral levels; I also work as an editor for, and have experience editing academic work for public audiences. If I can share any other info or editorial samples, please let me know.

I earned my PhD in English from Stony Brook University in 2016, along with an additional graduate certification in Cultural Studies. A large part of my work is in  literary studies: my research centers on early modern poetics, especially lyric theory, devotional poetry, and the sonnet. I study embodied experience in early modern culture with a focus on mortality and disability. Finally, I teach and write about Shakespeare, particularly in global contemporary film and adaptation.

I also specialize in expository writing, and have taught courses from first-year college writing through advanced doctoral seminars in scholarly publishing. In my composition classes, I work with students to develop complex analytic skills and clear, confident prose. My favorite extension of this area has been my work as an editor at Nursing Clio, where I work with our authors and editorial team to create public-facing content on the histories of medicine, gender, and the body.

Ben Wurgaft

I’m a writer and historian. The topics of my books, essays, and criticism range from the history of philosophy to contemporary food culture, with stops along the way for coffee and the history of the cafe, the history of colleges and universities, and laboratory-grown meat and the future of food. I received my B.A. from Swarthmore College, and my M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. I’ve been a Mellon postdoctoral fellow at the New School for Social Research, a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow at MIT, and a Visiting Assistant Professor at Wesleyan University. I believe in public scholarship (carefully researched work accessible to the general reader) and I place my trust in the essay form.

I write and edit freelance, and sometimes consult for individuals and organizations that need to think critically about the past (i.e., institutional history) or the future (i.e., emerging food technologies).

Rebecca Bodenheimer

I’m a seasoned academic editor who has worked with dozens of established scholars and graduate students on their journal articles and manuscripts. I have a PhD in Music (ethnomusicology) from UC Berkeley and have published my own academic monograph and several journal articles. I offer both substantive/developmental editing, as well as line editing and copy editing. 

In terms of content knowledge, I have the most experience in the following disciplines: musicology/ethnomusicology, anthropology, history, cultural studies, African American Studies, African Diaspora Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Latin American/Latinx Studies. However, I have worked with clients from a wide range of other fields, including Sociology, Performance Studies, Media Studies, and Education. Read more about me at []

Alicia Spencer-Hall

Alicia is an experienced editor, specializing in academic and research texts. She helps authors develop and refine their work from first draft to proofs, with particular expertise in supporting writers for whom English is a second or additional language. Her clients include postgraduate researchers, independent and early-career scholars, and established academics in the arts and sciences. As an academic author with a PhD, Alicia has first-hand experience of the academic writing and publishing process which directly informs the services she provides. Alongside her freelance work, she is Series Editor for the ‘Hagiography Beyond Tradition’ book series at Amsterdam University Press and ‘Premodern Transgressive Literatures’ at Medieval Institute Publications.

Kathryn Nogue

I’m an academic editor with more than ten years of experience providing developmental, line, and copy editing services to scholars in the humanities and social sciences. My areas of focus include nineteenth-century, post-45, and pop culture studies. I edit reviews, chapters in edited collections, articles, monographs, and, occasionally, dissertations. For more about my background, approach, and usual rates, please visit

Dominique Gracia

Dominique is an independent academic, consultant and coach with a PhD in English literature (University of Exeter). Her research has been published in journals such as Word&Image and Victorian Poetry. She was the Long-Nineteenth-Century Literature and History Editor for the journal HARTS&Minds (University of Bristol) until its closure in October 2020 and, as an Administrative Director for the Collaborative Organization for Virtual Education edits (and trains graduate students to edit) peer-reviewed articles and other content. Professionally, she spent nine years in the UK Parliament writing and editing research papers and business documents before becoming a freelancer. She is comfortable working with a broad range of humanities and social science subjects, referencing styles, and types of English. Visit my website at

Carmen Victor

Carmen Victor holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Culture from York/Ryerson Universities, Toronto, Canada. Victor’s writing on contested landscapes, installation, experimental and time-based contemporary art and cinemas of the circumpolar North has appeared in many journals and edited volumes. Currently Victor is a MITACS Accelerate Postdoctoral Fellow in Cinema and Media Arts at York University and Managing Editor of PUBLIC journal.

Melissa Haskin

I am an academic editor with 15 years of experience. I work with researchers in the fields of social science (economics, anthropology, sociology), education, health (nursing, public health), and business. I hold a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Oregon and a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in business from Oregon State University. I am a member of the Northwest Editors Guild, where I serve as a mentor to other editors. I have extensive experience working with ESL clients. I am able to provide editing in APA or Chicago. I work with grad students and researchers. I edit documents for typos, grammar errors, spelling errors, sentence structure, and more. I help clients improve overall readability, tone, and organization by providing feedback and resources for further learning. For more information or a free quote and sample edit, please visit

Paulina S. Cossette

I am an academic editor and former American politics professor (Ph.D., University of Florida) with expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methods. I have worked with many graduate students and faculty to polish their research papers, dissertations and theses, and over 50 book manuscripts. I primarily revise writing in the social sciences, humanities, education, business, nursing, and environmental science. I also consult on survey questionnaire design and offer Spanish-to-English translation services. Please visit my website for more information:

Sarah Kaip

I have 11 years of experience editing dissertations and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin. I specialize in APA dissertations. I do copy editing, formatting to the university’s template and/or guidelines, APA compliance, and checking whether references are cited in text and vice versa.

I have edited around 350 dissertations in many fields, but I am most experienced in the social sciences, especially these subjects: psychology, education, sociology, media studies, and communication studies. Turnaround time is usually one to two weeks. You can see pricing information and request an estimate on my website,