Our Editors

Sunanda Vittal
Sunanda has over 15 years of editing and writing experience in an academic setting in the engineering colleges at Iowa State University, and more recently, at Arizona State University. Her professional career has included experience as a college-level English instructor, a communication specialist and an editor of science and engineering publications, all of which has provided her with multiple perspectives on the craft of writing and editing. She has two Master’s degrees, ESL and English Literature, and is comfortable editing both British and American English. Her expertise is editing technical material written by non-native speakers of English.

MelissaMelissa Ptacek
Melissa Ptacek received her Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of California at Berkeley. As a doctoral student, she taught courses in writing and research skills. She has edited a variety of documents, including dissertations, monographs, articles, essays, and non-academic works. Her expertise in intellectual history encompasses such fields as history, sociology, religious studies, literary theory, criminology, human rights, social and political theory, and law and legal studies. In addition, she worked for several years as an academic researcher and computer programmer at a university research center focused on population economics and social policy and as an editor for a firm specializing in the publication of international trade information. As an instructor and freelance editor, she has worked with both native and non-native English writers.

LauraLaura Paquette
Laura Paquette holds an M.A. in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. During her tenure here, Laura’s wide-ranging credits include copy editing of manuscripts for Brill Press New Asian Acquisitions, the Line by Line editing of dissertations and forthcoming academic press titles, and business and marketing writing. She has also edited for Fiction Collective 2, John Wiley and Sons, and other presses. A sought-after copy editor, Laura works with diverse citation guidelines, possessing a quick, exacting proofreader’s eye. Laura also has extensive experience with ESL clients.

GregoryGregory Szeto
Gregory Lee Szeto, Ph.D. is currently a postdoctoral associate in the laboratory of Darrell J. Irvine at MIT. Leveraging his knowledge of immunology and HIV, Dr. Szeto is focused on the use of novel nanotechnologies in developing integrated systems-level profiling of the immune response to pathogens in healthy and disease states; and therapeutically modulate mechanisms of immunosuppression and tolerance in cancer. Born in Waldorf, Maryland, Dr. Szeto earned bachelor’s degrees in Chemical and Biomedical and Health Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 2004. In 2010 he completed his Ph.D. under Janice E. Clements at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine working on immunomodulatory effects of minocycline in HIV infection and CD4+ T cell biology.

AlyssaAlyssa Stalsberg Canelli
Alyssa Stalsberg Canelli is currently the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at Brandeis University. She received her Ph.D. in English literature from Emory University and also holds an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from New York University and a B.A in English from Smith College. She has extensive expertise in communications, and she produces stylistically appropriate and effective writing in many genres, from peer-reviewed research articles and informative encyclopedia entries, to journalistic blogs, marketing copy and social media publicity. As a Senior Staff Editor with CambridgeEditors, she has worked on a variety of projects including dissertations, academic articles, and public relations and marketing materials for several universities and organizations, including Boston University Law School. With over seven years of teaching experience, she expertly mentors writers as they work through their individual writing processes. She has been freelance editing since 2002, and after working alongside Dr. Weiner in an editorial capacity for several months, joined the staff of CambridgeEditors in 2008.

KristieKristie Reilly
Kristie Reilly is a writer and editor with more than 20 years of experience editing for books, magazines, academic journals, and other publications. She has held staff positions at the University of Chicago Press, the Harvard Medical School, and In These Times magazine, among others, and her freelance clients include a range of academic, progressive, and trade publishers. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association and former co-chair of the EFA’s Boston chapter before a recent move to upstate New York. Kristie’s editing and writing focus on nonprofit, academic, and political work, with occasional creative nonfiction and poetry projects to keep things interesting.

Adriana Cloud
Adriana Cloud holds an M.A. in Writing and Publishing from Emerson College in Boston, and she has over a decade of experience in book publishing. She worked for eight years for Harvard University Press, and she has done freelance work for MIT Press, Yale University Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Museum of Fine Arts-Boston, and private clients. Adriana specializes in book-length manuscripts in the humanities, but she also has experience editing journal articles, blog posts, websites, essays, and fiction. She is a published poet and essayist—her writing has appeared in The Rumpus, McSweeney’s, The New Orleans Review, and others. Her chapbook Instructions for Building a Wind Chime was published by the Poetry Society of America in 2016.

Rachel SiegelRachel Siegel
Rachel Siegel, CFA, has a BA in English and an MBA, both from Yale University, and has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst charter. She is the author of Personal Finance, of a widely adopted college-level text now in its third edition. With over two decades of teaching experience in finance and economics at Northern Vermont University, she has an acknowledged gift for explaining complex content. Siegel has extensive expertise from decades of freelance writing and editing for academic journals and for book reviews, summaries, and synopses. She is fluent in Chicago, APA, MLA, AMA/Vancouver, and Oxford styles.

Elizabeth Brogden
Elizabeth Brogden is a writer, translator, and freelance editor based primarily in Cambridge, MA. She received her PhD in English literature from Johns Hopkins University in 2016 with a dissertation on nineteenth-century American fiction. Her articles and book reviews have appeared in a variety of print and online journals, including NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction, Studies in American Fiction, Modern Language Notes, Studies in the Novel, and Full Stop. She is currently at work on her first novel.

SusanSusan Turnquist
Susan Turnquist has a Ph.D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University and 15 years of experience in international development, primarily in water resources and agricultural development.  She served in South Korea in Peace Corps, where she taught at Seoul National University and edited papers at the Language Research Institute.  She also has two masters degrees, in ecological anthropology and public administration.  She has taught on the role of the nonprofit sector in American society, led study groups for Asian scholars and diplomats, and worked for five years as a project manager for research on drinking water, focusing on climate change, environmental management, water utility management, finance, and information technology.  Susan now gives her professional attention to freelance editing, specializing in scientific and technical editing, particularly for non-native speakers of English.

CharlesCharles Coe
Creative writer and editor Charles Coe is the author of two books of poetry and one novella. Memento Mori, his next volume of poetry, will be published in April of 2019. He has taught at numerous writing conferences and served as poet-in-residence at Wheaton College and the Chautauqua Institution in Western New York, and he was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence for the city of Boston. He has taught in Dingle, Ireland for the Bay Path University MFA-Abroad Program and is on the faculty of Newport’s Salve Regina University, teaching poetry in their new low-residency MFA Program

AndrewAndrew R. Bond
Andrew R. Bond is the former Managing Editor of Bellwether Publishing, Ltd., with over 25 years of experience in the editing and production of journals and books in the fields of human geography, economics, political science, and the earth sciences (physical geography and geology). He received his Ph.D. in geography from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1983 and, before embarking on a career in editing, taught at The Ohio State University and the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse. In addition to his work with CambridgeEditors, he is a Senior Associate at Russian and Caspian Energy, IHS Markit, Washington, DC.

FeliciaFelicia Lee
Felicia Lee joined CambridgeEditors in January 2012. She holds a BA and MA in English from Stanford University, and a PhD in linguistics from UCLA. She has held teaching and research positions at UCLA, USC, University of British Columbia, and University of Florida, as well as technical editing and promotional writing positions with major corporations including Xerox and Rockwell International.

Susan J. Cavan
Susan J. Cavan, PhD (Political Science and International Relations, Boston University), is a writer and editor with over twenty years of experience in international relations, political science, and policy analysis. As an editor at the Atlantic Council, Dr. Cavan specializes in US foreign, security, international economic, and military policy. She is the publisher of the Eurasia Analyst blog and former editor and analyst for the ISCIP Analyst blog and Perspective quarterly journal from the Institute for the Study of Conflict, Ideology & Policy at Boston University.

Annie Rehill
With more than 30 years’ experience as an editor and writer, Annie has worked on scholarly and general-audience articles, fiction and nonfiction book manuscripts, oral histories, reports, and government documents. In terms of writing style and genre, she has handled the gamut from highly technical to creative writing, mostly in recent years centered on history or current events. Annie specializes in developmental, substantive, line, and copy editing. With a PhD in Modern French Studies, an MFA in creative nonfiction, and an MS in library science, she is also an active independent scholar (and board member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars) with publications focusing on intercultural relations. Her wide range of interests encompasses but is not limited to literature, culture, and history, including art and military history.

Jay R. Berkovitz
Jay Berkovitz is a Professor of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Editor-in-Chief of Jewish History. In Amherst he served for over a decade as department chair and as founding director of the Center for Jewish Studies. An expert in early modern Jewish history, he specializes in Jewish law and religion, ritual, rabbinic scholarship, and communal governance. Dr. Berkovitz is the author of four books: The Shaping of Jewish Identity in Nineteenth-century France (Wayne, 1989); Rites and Passages: The Beginnings of Modern Jewish Culture in France, 1650-1860 (UPenn, 2004); Tradition and Revolution in Early Modern France (Shazar Center for Jewish History, 2007); and Protocols of Justice: The Pinkas of the Metz Rabbinic Court, 1771-1789 (Brill, 2014). His forthcoming books include Courting Change: Jewish Law, Authority, and Community in Early Modern Metz (Brill) and Jewish Law in Early Modern Europe: Community, Religion, and the Dynamics of Social Change (Cambridge University Press).

Sharon C. Rutberg
Sharon C. Rutberg is both an editor and a practicing attorney. She practiced corporate and government law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering (now WilmerHale), the U.S. State Department, and the Office of the White House Counsel, before moving west with her family. Following several years as a freelance editor working on a wide variety of publications, Sharon returned to law practice in 2014. She now serves estate planning, probate, and elder law clients at a boutique firm that she helped found – Salmon Bay Law Group in Seattle, Washington. Sharon continues to enjoy working on editorial matters as well. Sharon graduated from Swarthmore College with honors and Northwestern University School of Law, where she served on the Law Review and received the Order of the Coif (top 10%) cum laude. She is about to receive her LLM (Master of Laws) degree in Elder Law at the Seattle University School of Law. Sharon is a member of the Real Property, Probate & Trust (RPPT) Sections of the Washington State Bar Association and King County Bar Association, and Editor of the Washington Bar’s RPPT Newsletter. She also belongs to the National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and the Washington Association of Elder Law Attorneys (WAELA). In her free time, Sharon enjoys walking her dogs, reading, and spending time with her husband and two adult children.

TomTom Sullivan
Tom Sullivan was going to be an engineer, until halfway through engineering school, when he succumbed to a fascination with language and literature. He moved to Kansas City to study literature in 2004 and has worked with words ever since. After a few years in the publishing business, he wrote a master’s thesis about aesthetic theory in William Blake’s work. Next Tom served in Mongolia with the US Peace Corps, subsequently returning to Kansas City and to editing full-time. Specializing in ESL, academic, and technical texts, in the course of more than a decade he has engaged topics from engineering to philosophy. Skilled in book development and layouts, Tom has overseen book projects through digital and print production. He has worked on academic book manuscripts, theses and dissertations, academic journals, advertising copy, marketing materials, and more. Always looking for a challenge, Tom is eager to take on technical jobs and learn new software or to support an author in transforming an interesting idea into a book. Tom is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

UrsulaUrsula DeYoung
Ursula is an editor, tutor, and fiction writer currently living in Cambridge, MA. Her first novel, Shorecliff, was published in the summer of 2013 by Little, Brown. In 2011, Palgrave Macmillan published her first nonfiction work, A Vision of Modern Science, which is a biographical study of the nineteenth-century British physicist John Tyndall. Ursula received her BA in History and Literature from Harvard University in 2004 and her PhD in History from the University of Oxford in 2009. She has extensive experience in helping students and scholars of all ages with their academic writing, whether that be papers for high-school or college courses, articles destined for publication, or full-length books. She also specializes in editing fiction, both short stories and novels.

KarinKarin Cather
In October 2014, Karin opened her own editing practice after a first career as a trial lawyer. She completed her BA in comparative literature at the University of Virginia, a JD from William and Mary Law School, and holds an editing certificate from the University of California Berkeley Extension. She specializes in plain language editing of biological and behavioral science, medicine, law and legal editing, and fiction—mainly thrillers, police procedurals, apocalyptic, YA, and science fiction. In September 2017, she presented a paper with a colleague on drafting contracts at the 12th Annual Communication Central Be a Better Freelancer Conference: “The Paper It’s Written On; Negotiating and Drafting Service Agreements for Editing Clients.” Karin is trained in hand-to-hand combat in a street-fighting discipline and is uniquely qualified to gauge the realism of your fight scenes. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her son and her statutorily required Editor’s Cat.

ElizabethElizabeth Van Allen
Elizabeth J. Van Allen holds a Ph.D. from Yale University in European history and a B.A. in French from Indiana University. In addition to French and European history, she has worked in cultural, literary, and oral history, history of the Atlantic World, and history of the American Civil War. Elizabeth has written and edited exhibitions for a Smithsonian Institution affiliate. She edits a scholarly quarterly in American history and launched a NEH-funded digital documentary edition on the Civil War. She is author of a biography of the American poet, James Whitcomb Riley. With Melinda M. Jetté, Ph.D., she is currently translating and editing a French travel journal written by Pierre de Saint Amant, French consul to California and Oregon during the Gold-Rush era.

DeborahDeborah Lapp
Deborah Lapp holds a BA in Art and Art History from Oberlin, and a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh. As an editor and indexer, she has worked for Little Brown, John Hopkins University Press, Columbia University Press, Cambridge University Press, Pearson, Elsevier, and others. Her editing experience spans over 30 years, and she continues to work part time as a reference librarian in Brunswick, Maine.

AshleyAshley Troutman
Ashley Troutman is a professional writer and editor. For the last decade, she has been honing her skills as a multimedia content creator, including working in live television for a top 10 market. Ashley has an M.F.A. in writing from Southern New Hampshire University, where she completed a 250-page thesis. The first chapter of her thesis was published by The Dark Comedy Hour, a literary journal. Ashley has in-depth knowledge of major writing styles, such as AP and MLA, and has completed various assignments for Cambridge Editors, including novels, memoirs, essays, and an edition of Boston University Law School’s Alumni Magazine.

MorganMorgan Tucker
Dr. Tucker earned his Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology and served as a Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation postdoctoral fellow at the University of Colorado. His training as a scientist included laboratory experience in RNA biochemistry, developmental genetics, cellular imaging, bacteriology, and microarray-based analysis. Dr. Tucker is now a full-time editor and has helped hundreds of authors publish manuscripts on many diverse topics. His expertise includes revising, editing, and proofreading life science and medical documents for non-native English speakers.

JayJay Boggis
Jay Boggis has A.B., A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in history from Harvard University. His doctoral dissertation was entitled The Crying Sin: The Law of Homicide in England, 1560–1640. For many years, he worked in the law books division of Little, Brown and Co., where he became manager editor of their transactional series on tax law. A notable book from the project is Mergers and Acquisitions by Martin Ginsburg and Jack Levine. Since that time, he has worked as a freelance editor on projects from Harvard University Press, the University of Chicago Press, John Wiley & Sons, and many others. Previous projects include several volumes of Phillip Areenda’s Antitrust Law, the first edition of American Health Law by George Annas, Sylvia Law, Kenneth Wing, and Rand Rosenblatt, and Criminal Procedure by Erwin Chemerinsky.

AnnaAnna Riley-Shepard
Anna Riley-Shepard holds a B.A. in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University. Her research spans fields of attention, motor expertise, and interpersonal communication and draws on a wide variety of methods, including neuroimaging (fMRI and EEG), machine learning, and various behavioral paradigms. In addition to neuroscience and psychology, Anna edits work in the social sciences, public health, and the arts. She has worked previously as a research analyst and internal strategy consultant at Global Health Corps in New York City. She continuously seeks out ways to keep her diverse disciplines in dialogue – all in the interest of understanding and promoting human communication.

NicoleNicole Brown
Nicole earned her BA and MA in English from the University of Memphis. She is a versatile editor with nearly two decades of experience; she has worked with professional and academic texts from fields such as pharmacology, medicine, biomedical science, psychology, philosophy, history, religious studies, physics, and engineering. In addition to these publications, she has edited technical writing, online learning courseware, lifestyle publications, science fiction, and children’s literature. She also has over ten years of experience in page layout and graphic design; her design portfolio includes training manuals and workbooks, resource guides and study materials, conference proceedings, print and electronic newsletters, marketing materials, print and web advertisements, logos, interactive slide decks, and website user interfaces. Her writing experience includes user documentation and other training documents, in-house style guides, newsletters, and indexes.

Nora Lambrecht
Nora Lambrecht received her Ph.D. in English and American Literature from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked in a variety of humanities and social sciences fields, including philosophy, history, communication studies, American studies, and literary studies, and has experience with ESL clients. Nora has served as Senior Associate Editor of the academic journal English Literary History (ELH), published her own peer-reviewed research, and taught writing at the
college level. She is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Dorothy Erstling
Dorothy Erstling Cukier’s publishing career started at Doubleday, Inc., moved to Medical Economics Books, and subsequently to the psychiatry/Judaica publisher, Jason Aronson, Inc. While earning her JD from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America, she founded and served as editor-in-chief of the CommLaw Conspectus: Journal of Communications Law and Policy. As a federal and state regulatory attorney in both private and corporate practice, she prefaced a role she now occupies with the SBA, where she assesses COVID-19 loan applications for legitimacy. She also acts as regulatory counsel for a craft beer brewery, and edits full time. Alongside CambridgeEditors, her clients include international editing companies, and peer-reviewed journals in medicine, biosciences, social sciences, and economics. She proofreads and edits legal treatises for Bloomberg BNA and individual authors, and is proficient in Chicago, APA, MLA, AMA/Vancouver, The Bluebook, and ADBI citation styles. Dorothy holds a graduate certificate from the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures course, and prepares materials in both American and British English, customized for target journal in-house style.

CarmenCarmen Ferreiro
A native of Spain, Carmen Ferreiro has combined the knowledge obtained from her PhD and research in Biology with her lifelong love of writing and languages as an editor and translator in the Life Sciences, Biotechnology, and Medical fields. She has published four books with Chelsea House on drugs and diseases, and three fiction books: Two Moon Princess (Tanglewood Press), Immortal Love (Crimson Romance) and the upcoming The King in the Stone. She has edited hundreds of stories and full manuscripts.

LilaLila Stromer
Lila M. Stromer has extensive editorial experience with academic, business, and creative writing. As the former managing editor of a highly ranked academic journal and as a freelancer, she has line-edited journal articles, dissertations, and full-length books in the fields of anthropology, history, political science, and sociology. Beyond that, Lila has edited dozens of pieces of marketing, fundraising, and informational literature, and has created and edited website content. Lila’s work with creative manuscripts has focused on theatre scripts, memoirs and stories. Her professional affiliations include the Chicago Creative Coalition, Chicago Women in Publishing, Editorial Freelancers Association, and Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas.

RebeccaRebecca Faulkner
Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in Cultural Studies from the London Consortium, an interdisciplinary post-graduate program at the University of London, in partnership with Tate, the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA), the Science Museum and the Architectural Association. She earned an MA in Performance Studies from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. Rebecca has written extensively on the adaptive reuse of religious and civic spaces as centers for arts education; and on the politics of place, identity and creativity in the urban environment. She is currently the Executive Director of play:groundNYC and previously served as Deputy Director of the Anne Frank Center in New York.

Joel Simundich
Joel Simundich is a Visiting Lecturer at Springfield College, MA, where he teaches first-year writing. He received his Ph.D. in English from Brown University and has taught at the University of Florida, Emerson College, Wheaton College, and the College of the Holy Cross. In the past, he has also worked as an Assistant Editor for Novel: A Forum for Fiction. He specializes in developmental editing, proofing, and citation styles.

Emily Mace
Emily Mace is a freelance editor and writer with a Ph.D. in religious studies (American religious history) from Princeton University. She also holds an MTS from Harvard Divinity School and a BA from Amherst College. Emily’s editing experience emphasizes the humanities and humanistic social sciences, including history, religious studies, English, anthropology and sociology, women’s and gender studies, theology, and more. Emily’s academic writing has appeared in nationally ranked journals and in edited book chapters. She is a published writer of creative non-fiction and serves as the co-editor-in-chief of Killing the Buddha, an online journal of religion, politics, and culture. She also has an interesting technical background as a former academic librarian and manager of a digital humanities grant and is particularly interested in editorial work as it connects to scholarly communication and reaching a broader public audience. Emily is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association.

Janina Levin
Janina Levin is a literary critic that has published peer-reviewed articles in Review of Communication, Journal of Modern Literature, James Joyce Quarterly and Novel: A Forum on Fiction. Her areas of interest include narratology, men and masculinity, moral philosophy and empathy. Her dissertation on cuckoldry uncovered how the modernist male writers James Joyce and Henry James recast the betrayed husband to represent the “empathetic man” rather than the fool he appeared to be for medieval audiences. Janina received an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in English Literature (History of the Novel) from Temple University and currently teaches at University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. With over 20 years of experience as a writing instructor and editor, she sees empathy as the foundation for client/editor interaction. Among the many editorial services she provides – proofreading, copyediting, and developmental editing – she particularly enjoys offering developmental guidance on long or hybrid genre projects. Janina is a member of the Editorial Freelancer’s Association.

Kate Babbitt
Kate Babbitt has a PhD in US history and US women’s history. She has been working with authors from around the world since 1996. Her areas of specialization include US history/American studies, women’s history, women’s studies, gender studies, archaeology, religious studies, international studies, race and ethnic studies, theater and film studies, religious studies, economics, and the history/sociology of health and medicine. She provides all levels of editing services and has a special place in her heart for English speakers of other languages.

Nili Belkind
Nili has edited dissertations, MA theses, articles, book chapters and non-academic works, and had also translated books and articles from Hebrew to English. She has worked extensively with both native English writers and ESL authors. Holding a PhD in ethnomusicology from Columbia University, Nili continues to be engaged in academic research, writing and teaching. Her work is highly interdisciplinary, drawing on a variety of subject fields across the humanities and social sciences. Among them are peace and conflict studies, anthropology, urban studies, cultural geography, popular culture, history, political science, migration and diaspora studies, and studies of race, ethnicity and nation. Her versatility and range facilitate her support of editorial clients seeking developmental and content editing. As an ethnomusicologist, Nili’s geographic specialties are the Middle East and the Caribbean. Her book Music in Conflict: Palestine, Israel and the Politics of Aesthetic Production (Routledge 2021), an ethnographic study of how music-making intersects with the political and structural violence that affect the lives of all in the region, was awarded the International Council for Traditional Music’s Book Prize for 2022.