Mary Chambers

Mary Chambers – Editor

Experienced proofreader and copyeditor. Linguistics and other arts/humanities subjects. Specific support for non-native English speakers.


I have been a freelance proofreader and copyeditor since 2012. With a PhD in Linguistics, I specialise in academic linguistic texts (books, journal articles, theses) but I work in many other subject areas. These have included anthropology, literature, pedagogy, history, art history and fashion design, and I am always interested in discovering new topics. Recent works have ranged from the biography of a 1920s Italian fashion designer to the impact of the oil palm industry on women's lives in the Borneo highlands, from the language of tourism in postcolonial Kenya to the socialisation of children through school mealtimes.

I offer friendly and tailored support through the process of checking and finalising your work and preparing it for publication. I am particularly experienced in working with non-native speakers of English, and can help you not only with improving your grammar but also with editing your text to achieve a more fluent read. Do get in touch if you’d like to discuss your work with me!

Biographies & Memoirs Humanities & Social Sciences
English (UK) English (US)
  • BA in Linguistics with Italian (University of Reading)
  • MA in Language Documentation and Description (SOAS, University of London)
  • PhD in Field Linguistics (SOAS, University of London)

Work experience


Oct, 2012 — Present

Proofreading and copyediting a wide range of books, journals and theses on a variety of subjects, with a particular focus on linguistics, language documentation and anthropology. Many of my clients are non-native speakers of English.

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