As your academic editor I am your partner in publication.




I’m a developmental editor and writing coach for academics. I help academic writers complete and successfully publish their work. I work with both early-career and mid-career scholars, as well as doctoral students. My editorial service includes an assessment of your text and a comprehensive plan for revision. I elevate your work by bringing clarity, strength, and structure to your text, ensuring you have a powerful argument, a critical analysis, and a distinctive and compelling voice.


For scholars at the earlier stages of the writing process, I am available to serve as a sounding board as you conceptualize your manuscript, including the preparation of your dissertation and book proposal. For career scholars, I make sure you meet submission deadlines with a strong and publishable manuscript.

I’ve published widely and am the author of Manufacturing Hope and Despair: The School and Kin Support Networks of U.S.-Mexican Youth (Teachers College Press, 2001). I am a Stanford trained sociologist, with past lives as a university professor and an elementary school teacher.

Let’s have a chat. Contact me to schedule a 30min complementary call to discuss your project.

Relying on a wealth of ethnographic and statistical data, this groundbreaking volume documents the many constraints and social forces that prevent Mexican-origin adolescents from constructing the kinds of networks that provide access to important forms of social support.


Special attention is paid to those forms of support privileged youth normally receive and working-class youth do not, such as expert guidance regarding college opportunities. 



As your academic editor I am your partner in publication. I make sure that your manuscript conveys the importance, perhaps even the urgency, of your scholarship. Together, we highlight the contribution your work is making to your field or discipline. I focus on the small details as well as the big picture. I strive to be meticulous and highly technical, while still aware of the overarching themes at work in your manuscript. 

Below are the three types of editing I provide.


A line edit addresses the creative content, writing style, and language use at the sentence and paragraph level.  It includes removing all unnecessary words, suggesting synonyms, and insuring smooth transitions from one paragraph to another. It includes what is referred as baseline editing. Baseline copyediting

includes correcting faulty grammar and punctuation, and insuring adherence to the chosen style guide (e.g., APA, Chicago Manual).


Although heavy copyediting normally does not assess the intellectual content of the text (the validity of the research and theses, and the accuracy of the theoretical framework), it does attend to the clarity of the research reviewed and of the theses proposed in the manuscript. It also attends to the author’s point of view, transitions from topic to another, strength of argument, representation of cited research, and uniform tone and voice.  When you arrange for a heavy copyedit of your manuscript, it normally includes both line editing and baseline editing.


In the words of Strawberry Saroyan, an American journalist and author, “A developmental editor is someone who can take a ‘helicopter’ view of your entire piece of writing and give you a specific sense of what’s working, what’s not, and in some cases come up with solutions.” As a developmental editor, my job entails providing a detailed critique of the essential components of the expository text, whether an article, a dissertation, or a book manuscript. The goal is a text that is clear, concise, and well organized.