Allison Van Deventer
I hold a Ph.D. and an M.A. in comparative literature from UCLA and a B.A. in English and French from Stanford University. Since receiving my doctorate, I've taught writing, literature, history, and French at Harvard University, Tufts University, the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Upward Bound. At UCLA, I worked in the Graduate Writing Center, helping graduate students improve their dissertations, journal articles, theses, seminar papers, grant proposals, fellowship applications, and job market materials.
I began freelancing in 2015, but I've been editing in various capacities for the past 15 years, including a stint as an elementary mathematics textbook editor. I have extensive experience working with non-native English speakers. As a writing instructor, I've spent hundreds of hours coaching writers to move from the seed of a good idea to a polished, well-developed product. No matter what stage your project is in, I can help you reach your writing and publication goals. No job is too small!
My academic specialties include French and Francophone literature and history, race, immigration, Black European studies, African literature, Italian migrant literature, and postcolonial studies. (Most of my editing work, however, comes from completely different fields.) I speak French and Italian and am comfortable working in both languages.
I'm a member of the Editorial Freelancers' Association. To learn more about my academic background or my professional experience, see my CV or my résumé or find me on LinkedIn.
I live in a suburb of Boston with my family. When I'm not editing, I'm chasing my toddler around parks and libraries.