Alice Underwood

Alice Underwood - Editor

San Francisco, CA, USA

Professional editor specializing in academic non-fiction in the humanities and social sciences.

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Overview

I specialize in developmental advice, copyediting, and proofreading for academic publications in the fields of literature, politics, history, and the Classics. Books I’ve worked on have been published with university presses at Stanford, Cambridge, and Oxford, as well as Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Lexington Press. Michael McFaul’s From Cold War to Hot Peace was a #1 New York Times Bestseller (a good statistic regardless of your politics). I also have 10 years experience editing for magazines, educational resources, and web journals.

My goal is to make your writing clear, precise, and accurate, and to ensure that your text comes across to your readers the way you want it to. That might mean clarifying or developing your argument, streamlining the flow of your narrative, or just checking your p’s and q’s. I enjoy the process of getting to know an author’s style, goals, and personality, and I ensure that the full editing experience is friendly, professional, and rewarding. I’ve worked with tenured professors and students for whom English wasn’t a first language, and my focus is always on honing the author’s language but staying true to his or her style. No matter what your background or writing methods, I’ll do my best to help you find your voice.
Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
History
Politics & Current Affairs
Social & Behavioral Sciences

Work experience

Content Writer

Grammarly
April, 2016 – December, 2018 (over 2 years)

Wrote over 50 blogs on grammar (including current highest-ranked Google result on affect vs. effect), writing tips, and business communication.

Managing Online Editor

Russian Life Magazine
March, 2015 – January, 2018 (almost 3 years)

Edited articles for print and online publication in leading English-language magazine about Russian culture.

Content Editor

Shmoop
April, 2014 – December, 2017 (over 3 years)

Edited over 100 learning guides for students on history, literature, theory, and how to write a good essay.

Developmental and copyeditor

Stanford University
September, 2013 – Present (almost 6 years)

Edited books for Stanford professors published by Cambridge University Press, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

Portfolio (5 selected works)

From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin's Russia

Michael McFaul

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the diplomat Putin wants to interrogate—and has banned from Russia—a revelatory, inside account of U.S.-Russia relations from 1989 to the present“A fascinating and timely account of the current crisis in the relationship between Russia and the United States.” —New York Times Book ReviewPutin would need an enemy, and he turned to the most reliable one in Russia’s ... read more

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the diplomat Putin wants to interrogate—and has banned from Russia—a revelatory, inside account of U.S.-Russia relations from 1989 to the present“A fascinating and timely account of the current crisis in the relationship between Russia and the United States.” —New York Times Book ReviewPutin would need an enemy, and he turned to the most reliable one in Russia’s ... read more

The Cambridge Companion to James Baldwin (Cambridge Companions to Literature)

This Companion offers fresh insight into the art and politics of James Baldwin, one of the most important writers and provocative cultural critics of the twentieth century. Black, gay, and gifted, he was hailed as a 'spokesman for the race', although he personally, and controversially, eschewed titles and classifications of all kinds. Individual essays examine his classic novels and nonfiction... read more

This Companion offers fresh insight into the art and politics of James Baldwin, one of the most important writers and provocative cultural critics of the twentieth century. Black, gay, and gifted, he was hailed as a 'spokesman for the race', although he personally, and controversially, eschewed titles and classifications of all kinds. Individual essays examine his classic novels and nonfiction... read more

Russian Life

A bi-monthly magazine of Russian culture, history, travel, cuisine and life. Colorfully illustrated. Refreshingly honest.

A bi-monthly magazine of Russian culture, history, travel, cuisine and life. Colorfully illustrated. Refreshingly honest.

Words of the World: A Global History of the Oxford English Dictionary

Dr Sarah Ogilvie

Most people think of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a distinctly British product. Begun in England 150 years ago, it took more than 60 years to complete and, when it was finally finished in 1928, the British prime minister heralded it as a 'national treasure.' It maintained this image throughout the twentieth century, and in 2006 the English public voted it an 'Icon of England', alongs... read more

Most people think of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED) as a distinctly British product. Begun in England 150 years ago, it took more than 60 years to complete and, when it was finally finished in 1928, the British prime minister heralded it as a 'national treasure.' It maintained this image throughout the twentieth century, and in 2006 the English public voted it an 'Icon of England', alongs... read more

Mythos and Voice: Displacement, Learning, and Agency in Odysseus' World

Charles Underwood

This book focuses on mythos and voice in the Odyssey, to illuminate its characters’ journeys from social displacement through discovery and recovery. Mythos and Voice approaches the Odyssey as a narrative of displacement – a narrative that maps the social displacement of its characters, explores the cognitive consequences of that displacement, and embodies the variable strategies by which thos... read more

This book focuses on mythos and voice in the Odyssey, to illuminate its characters’ journeys from social displacement through discovery and recovery. Mythos and Voice approaches the Odyssey as a narrative of displacement – a narrative that maps the social displacement of its characters, explores the cognitive consequences of that displacement, and embodies the variable strategies by which thos... read more

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