Fred Leise

Fred Leise - Editor

Chicago, IL, USA

ICI-Certified Indexer specializing in scholarly works in the humanities, biographies, international relations and health. I index it right!

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I have been working as a freelance back-of-book indexer for over 20 years, indexing for such publishers as Cambridge, Oxford, Georgetown, Columbia, Syracuse, and Harvard university presses; Beacon Press; McGraw-Hill; and Random House. I also work directly with authors, including faculty members for a wide variety of colleges and universities.

I have also taught indexing for Columbia College Chicago, Dominican University (Forest Park), and the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Studies. I currently serve as one of four instructors for the University of California at Berkeley Extension Division online indexing course.

I am a founding member of the Institute of Certified Indexers, and have served several terms on the board of directors of the American Society for Indexing, including two terms as president.

My indexes significantly enhance an author's work and are always delivered on time and on budget.

If you are looking for budget indexing, I'm probably not the right indexer for your work. But if you want a top-quality index that meets and exceeds your and your readers' needs, then please contact me.
English (US)
Biographies & Memoirs
Cooking, Food, Wine, & Spirits
Humanities & Social Sciences
LGBTQ Non-Fiction
Political Science & Current Affairs


  • ICI-Certified Indexer


  • American Society for Indexing, Thomas Hines Award for Exceptional Service

Work experience

Owner and Principal

January, 1996 – Present (over 25 years)

Providing back-of-book indexes as well as taxonomy consulting services.

Portfolio (23 selected works)

The Life of an Unknown

Corbin, Alain, Goldhammer, Arthur

Downward Spiral: El Helicoide's Descent from Mall to Prison

Celeste Olalquiaga, Lisa Blackmore, Pedro Alonso, Carola Barrios, Ángela Bonadies, Rodrigo Blanco Calderón, René Davids, Liliana De Simone, Luis Duno-Gottberg, Diego Larrique, Vicente Lecuna, Engel Leonardo

Rekindling Democracy: A Professional’s Guide to Working in Citizen Space

Russell, Cormac, McKnight, John L., Unwin, Julia

iPod: The Missing Manual

Biersdorfer, J. D., Pogue, David

Indexing Specialties: Cookbooks

Alexandra Nickerson, Fred Leise, Terri Hudoba

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