Writer and editor for the university's external recognition and quality assurance efforts, I create and curate content for high-stakes communications and provide expertise in describing Capella's innovative competency-based education model. I created, maintain, and publish key internal style manuals and a guide for writing marketing copy about competency-based education.
Designed and taught literature and writing courses: The Romantic Era, Mythologies of Nature (Sustainability Studies), Literary Laughter: A History of Satire.
I offer copy writing, product naming, editorial consultation, copy editing, and proofreading services for corporate, academic, non-profit, and individual clients and am conversant in a wide range of fields. Clients include:
– Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Ashgate academic publishers - I have copyedited over 70 scholarly books in the fields of history, philosophy, literary criticism, cultural studies, political science, international relations, religious studies, and sustainability studies, and I collaborate regularly with international authors and editorial teams
– AVEDA - copy writing and product naming
– Flourish design firm - AVEDA website copy writing and proofreading
– Fusion Hill marketing and design - Optum marketing proofreading
– Milkweed Editions - proofreading novels and creative non-fiction
– Bioversity International - researched and wrote an educational book about agricultural biodiversity
– Individual writers
I abridged business and management books for online publication.
Assisted Editor for writing and literature college textbooks.
Western culture is infatuated with the dream of going beyond, even as it is increasingly haunted by the specter of apocalypse: drought, famine, nuclear winter. How did we come to think of the planet and its limits as we do? This book reclaims, redefines, and makes an impassioned plea for limits—a notion central to environmentalism—clearing them from their association with Malthusianism and the... read more
Today’s technologies and economic models won’t settle for a conventional approach to filmmaking. The Strategic Producer: On the Art and Craft of Making Your First Feature combines history, technology, aesthetics, data, decision-making strategies, and time-tested methods into a powerful new approach to producing. An ideal text for aspiring filmmakers, The Strategic Producer orients the reader’s... read more
Contemporary Japanese Architecture presents a clear and comprehensive overview of the historical and cultural framework that informs the work of all Japanese architects, as an introduction to an in-depth investigation of the challenges now occupying the contemporary designers who will be the leaders of the next generation. It separates out the young generation of Japanese architects from the c... read more
In recent years climate change has emerged as an issue of central political importance while the EU has become a major player in international climate change politics. How can a ‘leaderless Europe’ offer leadership in international climate change politics - even in the wake of the UK’s Brexit decision? This book, which has been written by leading experts, offers a critical analysis of the EU l... read more
Hollywood’s live-action superhero films currently dominate the worldwide box-office, with the characters enjoying more notoriety through their feature film and television depictions than they have ever before. This book argues that this immense popularity reveals deep cultural concerns about politics, gender, ethnicity, patriotism and consumerism after the events of 9/11. Superheroes have long... read more
In this new monograph, author Debra Dudek defines a new era of vampire texts in which vampires have moved from their iconic dark, feared, often seductive figure lingering in alleys, to the beloved and morally sensitive vampire winning the affections of teen protagonists throughout pop culture. Dudek takes a close look at three hugely-popular vampire series for young adults, drawing parallels b... read more
Medicine, Health and Being Human begins a conversation to explore how the medical has defined us: that is, the ways in which perspectives of medicine and health have affected cultural understandings of what it means to be human. With chapters that span from the early modern period through to the contemporary world, and are drawn from a range of disciplines, this volume holds that incremental h... read more
Over the last decade, anti-government demonstrations worldwide have brought together individuals and groups that were often assumed unlikely to unite for a common cause due to differences in ideological tendencies. They have particularly highlighted the role of youth, women, social media, and football clubs in establishing unusual alliances between far left and far right groups and/or secular ... read more
Africa is well known for the production of national liberation movements (NLMs), stemming from a history of exploitation, colonisation and slavery. NLMs are generally characterised by a struggle carried out by or in the name of suppressed people for political, social, cultural, economic, territorial liberation and decolonisation. Dozens of NLMs have ascended to state power in Africa following ... read more
Changing health-related behavior is for many people a lonely and isolating experience. Individual willpower is often not enough, particularly in addressing addictive behavior, but research increasingly points to the potential of group identity to shape behavior change and support recovery. This important collection explores the social and cognitive processes that enable people who join recover... read more
An Ancient Theory of Religion examines a theory of religion put forward by Euhemerus of Messene (late 4th―early 3rd century BCE) in his lost work Sacred Inscription, and shows not only how and why euhemerism came about but also how it was― and still is―used. By studying the utilization of the theory in different periods―from the Graeco-Roman world to Late Antiquity, and from the Renaissance to... read more
The Routledge History of Disease draws on innovative scholarship in the history of medicine to explore the challenges involved in writing about health and disease throughout the past and across the globe, presenting a varied range of case studies and perspectives on the patterns, technologies and narratives of disease that can be identified in the past and that continue to influence our presen... read more
This collection of essays explores cultural phenomena that are shaping masculine identities in contemporary Spain, asking and striving to answer these compelling questions: what does it mean to be a man in present-day Spain? How has masculinity evolved since Franco’s dictatorship? What are the dynamics of masculinity in contemporary Spanish culture? How has hegemonic masculinity been contested... read more
The Early Childhood Education sector around the world is constantly changing, whether because of the unprecedented demand for ECE services globally, accelerated social change, or the introduction of pedagogical and regulatory practices. Based upon empirical inquiry, Early Childhood Education Management examines the somewhat controversial concept of operating an early childhood service as a bus... read more
Transnational learning has become a buzz phrase in European policy-making and in multi-national business. Learning from the experiences of others is an idea that captivates practitioners and academics alike due to its simplicity and availability in a world that is increasingly characterised by cross-border and global connections. European regions in particular offer a diverse range of solution... read more
In Mystical Theology and Contemporary Spiritual Practice several leading scholars explore key themes within the Christian mystical tradition, contemporary and historical. The overall aim of the book is to demonstrate the relevance of mystical theology to contemporary spiritual practice. Attention is given to the works of Baron von Hugel, Vladimir Lossky, Margery Kempe, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Tho... read more
The startling central idea behind this study is that the rediscovery of Aristotle's Poetics in the sixteenth century ultimately had a profound impact on almost every aspect of Shakespeare's late plays”their sources, subject matter and thematic concerns. Shakespeare's Poetics reveals the generic complexity of Shakespeare's late plays to be informed by contemporary debates about the tonal and st... read more
While Romantic-era concepts of childhood nostalgia have been understood as the desire to retrieve the ephemeral mindset of the child, this collection proposes that the emergence of digital media has altered this reflective gesture towards the past. No longer is childhood nostalgia reliant on individual memory. Rather, it is associated through contemporary convergence culture with the commoditi... read more
Written by internationally established scholars of Thomas Moore’s music, poetry, and prose writing, Thomas Moore and Romantic Inspiration is a collection of twelve essays and a timely response to significant new biographical, historiographical and editorial work on Moore. This collection reflects the rich variety of cutting-edge work being done on this significant and prolific figure. Sarah Mc... read more
A wonderful fiction debut, Being Esther gives voice to Esther Lustig, an extraordinary woman who has lived a conventional life, in this touching exploration of aging and its accompanied search for meaning.In spare, refreshingly unsentimental prose, Miriam Karmel has given us one of literature’s finest portraits of the last months of a woman’s life. At once sad and amusing, unpretentious and am... read more
This book examines how children’s and young adult literature addresses and interrogates the legacies of American school desegregation. Such literature narrates not only the famous battles to implement desegregation in the South, in places like Little Rock, Arkansas, but also more insidious and less visible legacies, such as re-segregation within schools through the mechanism of disability diag... read more
Promoting Cultural Sensitivity in Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners provides a roadmap for practicing and experienced supervisors to promote and integrate cultural sensitivity into the core of their work. This book is organized into four seamless, interrelated sections that are essential to developing a Multicultural Relational Perspective (MRP) in supervision: conceptual, structural, st... read more
The majority of adult learners are looking to attain their desired academic credentials within the shortest amount of time possible. By implementing competency-based programs, learners are accelerated through their designed program or course.The Handbook of Research on Competency-Based Education in University Settings is a pivotal reference source for the latest academic research on the use of... read more
The Failure of Democracy in Iraq studies democratization in post-2003 Iraq, which has so far failed, due mainly to cultural and religious reasons. There are other factors, such as the legacy of the dictatorial regime, exclusionary policies, the problem of stateness, interference by regional powers, the rentier economy and sectarianism, that have impeded democracy and contributed to its failure... read more
Analyzing the political consequences of the most extensive corruption investigation in recent Latin American history, Operação Lava-Jato, Media Leaks and Corruption in Brazil answers two central questions about the contradictory effects news media has on political systems. First, how can political actors in a seemingly well-functioning democracy quickly override checks and balances, and replac... read more
The Art and Science of the Cannabis Sommelier: evaluating flower for total quality control, psychotropic effects, and variety type designation.Interpening is a multilevel mastery certification in evaluating cannabis quality and determining psychotropic effects, regardless of strain names or hybridization. Throughout the world, interpeners work in every level of the cannabis industry, including... read more
"It takes over 500 pounds of physical force to crush a human skull, yet a mere disapproving glance from another can crush a human soul." ©Workaches Do you want to make better sense of the seemingly senseless behaviors that go on at work? Are you tired of feeling like you are just surviving, not thriving, at work? Are you a health and human services professional wanting to take better care of y... read more
Increasingly, American businesses are turning to global markets for growth and profitability. While China offers great business potential, its markets have typically been restricted to only the largest corporations, mostly because navigating China's unique business environment demands expertise and resources beyond the reach of most small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). But seizing opportu... read more
The master poet, Leonard Cohen, once counseled listeners to abandon their own masterpiece and sink into the real masterpiece. Personal liberation is your birthright, but it is no small task. By distilling key insights from Jewish mysticism and Buddhism, modern psychology, and the humanities, Towards a Meaningful Life offers a wise and practical prescription to the fearless few committed to she... read more
I wrote “Your Vegan Kid” because I remember raising my first child meat- and milk-free in the early 1990s. Since I was new to both - motherhood and plant based lifestyle and information was scarce, it was a big challenge. Nowadays I’m a mother of 3 beautiful, healthy and happy vegan kids aged: 26, 12 and 12 (yes, vegan twins). And I want to share my knowledge and experience with other parents,... read more
Qualitative Inquiry at a Crossroads critically reflects on the ever-changing dynamics of qualitative research in the contemporary moment. We live at a crossroads in which the spaces for critical civic discourse are narrowing, in which traditional political ideologies are now questioned: there is no utopian vision on the horizon, only fear and doubt. The moral and ethical foundations of democra... read more
Globalisation and migration have created a vibrant yet dysphoric world fraught with different, and sometimes competing, practices and discourses. The emergent properties of the modern world inevitably complicate the being, doing, and thinking of Chinese diasporic populations living in predominantly white, English-speaking societies. This raises questions of what 'Chineseness' is. The gradual t... read more
Visitor Encounters with the Great Barrier Reef explores how visitor encounters have shaped the history and heritage of the Reef. Moving beyond the visual aesthetic significance, the book highlights the importance of multi-sensuous experiences in understanding the region as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Drawing on archival and ethnographic research, the book describes how visitors have experien... read more
The United Nations predicts that by the year 2050 almost 70% of the planet's population will be living in cities. The onus on social scientists is to explain the contemporary challenges posed by the urbanization of the world. A growing body of literature raises the alarm about the precarity of human existence in the uncertain conditions of rapidly transforming contemporary cities. This volume ... read more
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I am a creative & savvy nonfiction book editor and writer with New York Times bestseller experience at Penguin Random House
Developmental editor and acquisitions editor of more than 300 titles pertaining to nature, popular science, and wildlife.