Meet Our People

Below you’ll find a list of all of our expert academic and nonfiction editors, application specialists, and content writers. Our editors are native English speakers who have PhDs and academic training from the top universities in the US.

All of our copyeditors have technical certificates from reputable programs, our developmental editors have years’ experience in academia and long publishing records of their own, and our proofreaders have a keen eye for even the smallest detail. Additionally, our arts writers have a flair for sculpting artspeak into clear language.

Cara M. Jordan

President, Chief Editor

PhD, Art History, Graduate Center, CUNY

Cara (she/her) has been working as a freelance editor since 2008: first for artists, as a studio manager, and later for academics. Her specialty is the academic article and the book manuscript, although she also regularly teaches on the artist’s statement and works on professional documents. While her own art historical focus is contemporary and socially engaged art, she has worked on manuscripts from all periods and a variety of cultures. She has a certificate in editing from UCSD, where she is currently an instructor,  and is a Professional Member of CIEP, and a full member of EFA and ACES, as well as the Society for Scholarly Publishing. Cara has also traveled widely and speaks both French and German. 

Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, General nonfiction essays or other short writings, Artists’ writing and statements

Subjects: Art history, History, History of medicine, Literature, Theatre & performance, Film

Style: I am a diligent project manager and a detail-oriented copyeditor with an eye toward efficient dialogue and project completion. I want to help you get your manuscript out into the world!

Adam Z.

Artists' Writing, Ghostwriting

MA, Art History and Museum Studies, City College of New York

Adam (he/him) is an art historian, curator, and educator. He is the estate manager and archivist for the Estate of Irving Kriesberg. As an independent curator, Adam has curated exhibitions in museums and galleries throughout the United States. He directed his own gallery in Brooklyn, NY, called et al Projects from 2011 through 2014, where he presented exhibitions featuring emerging contemporary and underrepresented historical artists. His writing about modern twentieth- and twenty-first-century art topics has been published in exhibition catalogues and several print and online cultural publications. He also writes a blog called Artfully Learning about the benefits of integrating contemporary art within the K-12 and higher education curricula.


Typical projects: Artists’ writings and statements, Artists’ portfolio review, Artist job applications and proposals

Subjects: Fine and visual art

Style: I am a personable writer and editor who takes pride in helping artists find their literary voice. My goal is to make your artist’s statement and project descriptions sound as amazing as your art looks. 

Amanda B.

Dissertation editor

PhD, History, Cornell University

Amanda (she/her) is a historian, writer, and editor based in St. Petersburg, Russia. She taught history to New York City public school students as a Teach For America corps member and was a historical researcher for exhibits at the New-York Historical Society. As a PhD student, Amanda taught the history of global exploration, Imperial Russia, and how to write Chicago-style papers to undergraduates. Her dissertation, based on archival research in three countries, concerned environmental relations between the United States, Russia, Canada, and Japan in the North Pacific after the 1867 transfer of Alaska. Amanda's writing has appeared in Russian Life, Perspectives on History, and the International Journal of Maritime History. She speaks Russian and is a member of the EFA.


Typical projects: Graduate student essays, Graduate student theses or dissertations

Subjects: History, area studies, humanities

Style: I enjoy making your prose come alive with minimal improvements that retain your original voice and meaning. I feel a personal sense of responsibility for helping to make your manuscript the best it can be.

Beth L.

Copyeditor, Indexer

PhD, Historical Musicology, University of Pennsylvania

Beth (she/her/they/them) is a published author of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, and is working on revising her first novel, a humorous paranormal thriller. Beth holds a PhD in music (historical musicology) with a specialty in medieval music, and also the professional certificate in editing from UC Berkeley Extension. Between 2000 and 2018, Beth taught music history and research techniques off and on at a variety of institutions. In 2018, Beth began working as a freelance editor and ghostwriter, including service as a judge in the Ink & Insights literary competition, where she gave feedback to beginning writers who had completed a novel. Beth is now concentrating on editing and hopes to add indexing soon.


Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, Academic books, General nonfiction books, General nonfiction essays or other short writings

Subjects: Music History, Ethnomusicology, History, Anthropology, Visual and Performing Arts, Film and Television, Architecture (general interest only), Travel

Carolee K.

Artists' writing, Job Applications, Ghostwriting

PhD, American Studies, Yale University

Carolee (she/her) is a US cultural historian who has taught art history, US history, and women and gender studies. Her areas of expertise include nineteenth-century US history, performance studies, the history of race and racism, scandals, sexuality studies, and LGBTQ history. She served as the archivist at the Keith Haring Foundation, a registrar for the Feldman Gallery in NYC, and a research assistant for the artist/architect duo Arakawa and Madeline Gins. She currently serves as the Community Archivist and Historian at Dallas Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation. 


Typical projects: Artists’ writings and statements, Alt-ac job applications and CVs

Subjects: Fine and visual art

D.L. C.

Line Editor

PhD, English, Cornell University

D.L. (they/them) is a freelance editor, writer, and educator. They have taught English language and literature at several independent high schools, as well as at Cornell University, where they completed an award-winning doctoral dissertation in modernist studies. In addition to English, their teaching and research interests include the novel and narrativity, the twentieth century, materialist theory, gender and sexuality studies, film studies, experimental drama, consciousness, race, disability, and radical social movements. They have published peer-reviewed articles and reviews in Essays in Criticism, Modern Drama, and The Henry James Review. DL is a member of the EFA and is based in northern New Jersey.


Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, academic books, general nonfiction books, general nonfiction essays or other short writings

Subjects: English language and literature, film studies, gender & sexuality studies, materialist theory, education

Style: My goal is to support you in bringing your writing to life through minimal edits that retain and hone your distinctive voice.

Eliah B.

Copyeditor, Developmental Editor

PhD, History, UC Berkeley

Eliah is a historian and freelance editor. He is a former postdoctoral fellow in Spain and is currently a senior fellow at UC–Berkeley’s Center for Right-Wing Studies. A specialist in social theory, cultural criticism, and the history of far-right politics, Eliah is also the managing editor of the new Journal of Right-Wing Studies. He has published peer-reviewed academic articles as well as essays in publications such as Foreign Policy and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Eliah is a member of the Editorial Freelancers Association, the American Historical Association, and the German Studies Association. He speaks fluent German and has worked in German archives with research support from the DAAD and the Gerda Henkel Foundation. He holds a certificate in editing from the University of Chicago.


Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, Academic books, General nonfiction books, General nonfiction essays or other short writings

Subjects: European history, social and political theory, cultural criticism, right-wing politics

Elizabeth D.

Developmental editor

PhD, English and American Literature, New York University

Elizabeth (she/her) is an editor, writer, and professor whose scholarship explores the transatlantic literary cultures of the long nineteenth century, with particular attention to the United States. In addition to completing numerous articles and several books, she has been an executive editor for J19: The Journal of Nineteenth-Century Americanists and a co-editor with Nineteenth-Century Studies. While working on these journals, she discovered how much she enjoys helping authors hone their arguments and prose, which she now also does though the Toward Equity in Publishing program at the Smithsonian's American Art journal. She is comfortable working in, or between, disciplines in the humanities and narrative social sciences from a wide range of methodological approaches. 


Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, general nonfiction essays or other short writings

Subjects: Literary studies, art history, history, philosophy, particularly political philosophy, 

Style: I have priorities more than a style. My goal is to be generative and careful—for your thinking and your writing—to best support the ideas and arguments you want to develop.

Emma B.

Developmental Editor, Grant Applications

PhD, English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Emma (she/her) is a freelance editor and academic writer. She loves delving into academic and nonfiction writing in the social sciences and humanities. Her research, supported by grants in the US and Germany, focuses on women, the communication of history, and cross-cultural exchange in European medieval literature. She has authored numerous journal articles and co-edited two essay collections. Prior to becoming a full-time editor, Emma was a postdoc in Germany, an award-winning writing instructor, a consultant at the Columbia University writing center, and an ESL teacher. She has lived and traveled extensively in southeast Asia, Japan, and New Zealand and now lives in southwest France. She is a member of the EFA.

Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, Academic books, Fellowship/grant applications, General nonfiction books

Subjects: Anthropology, education, sociology, human rights, literature, history, religion, EU grant applications

Style: I love diving deep into a writer's work to grapple with their big ideas and help their work have its maximum impact. As an experienced reader, I reflect how their intended audience might receive their work and suggest how that communication could be improved.

James T.

Book Proposal Editor, Permissions, Developmental Editor

MA, Humanities, University of Chicago

James is experienced in developing scholarly book proposals and manuscripts. He is currently the publications manager for the Savannah College of Art and Design and prior to that he was an acquiring editor for the University of Chicago Press. In total he has spent over a decade working in publishing, including a brief stint working for a children’s magazine publisher. While at University of Chicago Press, James focused on acquisitions in contemporary art and media, such as Fiona Anderson's Cruising the Dead River: David Wojnarowicz and New York's Ruined Waterfront (2019); and Alex Kitnick's Distant Early Warning: Marshall McLuhan and the Transformation of the Avant-Garde (2021). He has a strong interest in the arts with a background in film and photography.

Typical projects: Book proposals, Permissions, Academic books, General nonfiction books

Subjects: Art history, media studies, literature and literary theory, film studies

Style: I’m an experienced publishing professional with a keen interest in the developmental work of writing. I focus on helping you shape your ideas and overall project, while never forgetting that your writing is the most basic building block of this work.

Jennie L.

Copyeditor, Job Applications, Proofreader

PhD, Art History, UCLA

Jennie (she/her) is associate professor of art history at Salisbury University in Maryland. She earned her MA and PhD from UCLA in Italian Renaissance art history with additional concentrations in ancient art and museum studies. She has a copyediting certificate from the University of California, San Diego, and is a member of ACES and the EFA.


Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, graduate student dissertations, academic job applications

Subjects: Art history, humanities, cultural studies, history, anthropology, gender studies

Style: As a copyeditor, I see myself as an encouraging member of your team. My job is to fine tune a document in terms of grammar and style rules, but I will also help to strengthen your voice and to clarify your message for the reader as needed.

Kaylee A.

Dissertation editor, Copyeditor

PhD, Art History & Visual Culture, Duke University

Kaylee (she/her) is an art historian, writer, and editor based in Salt Lake City, UT. With more than a decade of experience working in arts institutions and higher education, Kaylee values clear written communication for experts and non-experts alike and is dedicated to interdisciplinary exchange. She has a strong knowledge of the Chicago Manual of Style, and experience editing theses and dissertations, formatting submissions to ProQuest, and proofreading for native and non-native English speakers. Kaylee’s own work focuses on nineteenth-century visual culture, and she has taught art history courses at Duke University and Guilford College. She is currently an editor for the Collective for Radical Death Studies, and her writing has appeared in Early Popular Visual Culture, Public Art Dialogue, and Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide.


Typical projects: Graduate student theses or dissertations, Business writing (blog posts, websites, other content marketing)

Subjects: Art History, Architecture, French Studies, History, Digital Humanities, Cultural Economics 

Style: I am a detail-oriented copyeditor who strives for clear, precise, and accessible writing.

Leslie W.

Developmental Editor

PhD, History, UC Berkeley

Leslie (she/her) is a former professor who derives joy from helping fellow scholars find their voices and confidently express the value of their work. After teaching student writing for nearly a decade, she managed the submissions and editing process at the journal Asia Pacific Perspectives from 2015 to 2018. Since then she has worked directly with many scholars to help them get clear on the “big picture” of their article or book. Though her home base is in history and visual culture, she enjoys working with a broad range of disciplines and theory across the humanities. Leslie spent a year in Thailand on a Fulbright IIE Fellowship (2004–5), fluently reads and speaks Thai (with smatterings of French, Russian and Spanish), and has traveled widely in Europe and Asia. She’s affiliated with the editorial associations ACES and the EFA.

Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, Academic books, General nonfiction books, General nonfiction essays or other short writings, Graduate student essays, Graduate student theses or dissertations

Subjects: History, Area Studies, Asian Studies, Political Science, Social Sciences

Style: I derive joy from helping fellow scholars find their voices and overcome anxiety to confidently express the value of their work.

Liz S.


PhD, Slavic Languages and Literatures, Princeton University

Liz (she/her) is an editor, translator, and researcher currently based in Germany. She is a specialist in Russian literature and Soviet and East German cultural history, particularly dance history and the history of aesthetics, and has years of experience conducting archival research. Her study of languages (Russian, German, Latin) and ample international experience make her a strong editor of work by those for whom English is not their first language. She holds degrees in the humanities from Princeton, Oxford, and Brown; was the recipient of a Fulbright research grant to Russia; completed the editing certificate from the University of Chicago, Graham School; and is a member of the EFA.


Typical projects: academic journal articles and books; grant proposals; museum catalogues; translations; citations.

Subjects: literary & cultural studies; history; art history & criticism; theater, dance, & performance studies; anthropology; political science; regional studies.

Style: I enjoy performing a hands-on edit to hone the author’s voice and help present their ideas most effectively. I am a language and grammar nerd who loves working with multilingual and ESL authors!

Maartje S.

Copyeditor, Book Proposal Editor

PhD, English, University of Cambridge

Maartje is a freelance editor and writer based in Cambridge, UK, and has a PhD in seventeenth-century literary history. With 12 years of experience in editorial roles at a leading university press, she knows the publishing process inside out and understands exactly what your academic publisher is looking for. She can prepare your book manuscript or article to their exact requirements and work with you to frame an effective proposal. She even loves tidying up references! She also writes research and news features for college development publications and jacket and marketing copy for academic books, and loves to make complex ideas accessible. Her specialist subjects are literature and history. She is a Professional Member of the CIEP.

Typical projects: Book proposals, Academic journal articles or book chapters, Academic books, General nonfiction books, General nonfiction essays or other short writings

Subjects: Literature, history, environmental studies, general nonfiction, memoir

Style: My aim is to retain the author’s individual voice while making sure academic works are well written and sourced, and ensuring memoirs and trade nonfiction works appeal to a wide audience. I enjoy working closely with authors and I learn something new with every project.

Maria S.

Dissertation editor, Translator

MA, French, University of Illinois Chicago; MA and PhD Germanic Languages & Literatures, Washington University St. Louis

Maria (she/her) is an editor who also translates from French and German to English. She has translated and edited texts ranging from literary to technical and early modern to contemporary. In her past life as a tenured professor, she taught translation and media studies, and she stays up to date by reviewing recent academic monographs and continuing her scholarly work in the field of book history. She’s familiar with a range of citation formats and archival conventions, having conducted research at major European research libraries, including the HAB and the BSB in Germany and the BnF in France. She loves the challenge of translation and the pleasure of helping scholars bring their research to an English-speaking audience.


Typical projects: dissertations, translations from French or German of academic articles and presentations


Subjects: Art history, book and media history, French and German studies, early modern studies

Style: I think of my work as supporting an author’s style and goals. I particularly enjoy supporting multilingual writers whose working language is English.

Matt S.

Developmental Editor, Job applications

PhD, Art History, University of Chicago

Matt (he/him) relishes the intellectual engagement of developmental editing. A former professor (thirteen years) and museum lecturer with extensive experience in academic writing, he thrives in helping others make themselves heard with clarity, interest, and resonance. His own publications include grant-supported articles and an award-winning book on medieval art and the senses. His teaching spanned premodern art. He developed museum tours on topics ranging from Islamic ceramics to twentieth-century abstraction. Matt is at home in humanities scholarship that integrates theory and different disciplinary perspectives. He speaks French and Italian (also reads German, Latin). He is a member of the EFA.


Typical projects: academic books, academic job applications, general nonfiction books

Subjects: art history, museum studies

Style: I listen for what your manuscript is trying to say and do. Then, I build out a vision to fortify the whole in alignment with what you want and what readers need.

Rees S.

Line editor

MA, Integrated Studies, Northern Kentucky University

Rees is a trained and experienced editor, academic, and writing professional. She has more than thirty years of experience as a coach, teacher, mentor of learners from all backgrounds, ages, and English-language skill levels. She edits and English checks all kinds of documents, although typically works with STEM and social science researchers. She comes from the US, but after serving with the Peace Corps in Mexico at the Autonomous University of Hidalgo State, she now spends significant time in Guanajuato City in Mexico and in Nelson, BC, in Canada. Rees is fluent in Spanish, and she is a member of EFA, NorthWest Editors Guild, and ACES. She earned a Copyediting Certificate from UCSD Extension. When not reading, she practices yoga, meditation, hiking, and paddling.


Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, Grad student writing

Subjects: STEM, social sciences, education

Style: Rees’s work and attitude are founded in collaboration, positivity, and a lifelong love of language. Preserving author voice is preeminent while offering support in presenting a best face forward, particularly for multilingual researchers writing in English.

Tess R.

Copyeditor, Proofreader, Dissertation Editor, Line Editor

PhD, Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Literatures, NYU

Tess (she/her) is an editor and translator based in Brooklyn, NY. She has a PhD in Spanish & Portuguese Languages & Literatures from New York University and has published academic articles on science and the construction of gender in Spanish novels. She has taught a range of culture, literature, and language classes at NYU and Bard Graduate Center. She has extensive experience working on English texts by Spanish-speaking authors and enjoys supporting early career academics with everything from cover letters to gallery texts to book manuscripts. Her areas of expertise include visual culture, gender studies, and affect studies. She has served as managing editor of the Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies and is a member of the EFA.


Typical projects: Academic books or book chapters, dissertations, journal articles, general nonfiction essays or other short writings

Subjects: Women’s and gender studies, literary studies, Spanish and Latin American studies, cultural studies, cinema studies, media studies, art history, performance studies, music

Style: I am a thoughtful, detail-oriented editor who cares deeply about bringing across your tone, voice, and message in the clearest way possible.

Tim L.


PhD, English & Comparative Literature, Columbia University

Tim (he/him) is a freelance editor, teacher, and researcher who has edited and proofread projects in the areas of intellectual and cultural history, performance studies, literature, and critical thought. His academic background is in literature and intellectual history, and he wrote an award-winning dissertation about English, French, and Latin literature and political theory during the Renaissance. He has conducted archival research at the Huntington Library and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Tim taught academic research and writing at Columbia University for five years and won an award for undergraduate teaching in 2021. He has also worked in professional communications positions at Humanities Nebraska and the Heyman Center for the Humanities. Tim is originally from Omaha and is currently based in Boston.


Typical projects: Academic journal articles or book chapters, dissertations, journal articles. 

Subjects: Literature, cultural studies, history, classics, philosophy, politics, art history, performance studies

Style: I am a patient, meticulous proofreader who values clarity, consistency, and accuracy. I enjoy working with writers to make just the right final adjustments that leave them proud of their finished products.

Certificates & Memberships

In addition to being vetted by our chief editor, the editors at Flatpage have training from some of the top editing programs in the United States, as well as extensive professional experience and professional development. Additionally, we are members of the leading editing organizations in the English-speaking world.

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