Joanna Steinhardt

Joanna Steinhardt – Editor

I'm a writer and editor with a PhD in Cultural Anthropology. I'm passionate about turning academic writing into accessible prose.


I have a PhD in Cultural Anthropology and experience writing and editing in several genres. I specialize in editing technical, academic, and scholarly non-fiction writing. I genuinely enjoy helping authors make their texts more accessible (without losing expertise or accuracy in the process). I also have experience in publicity, communications, program management, and (of course) research.
Earth, Space, & Environmental Sciences Humanities & Social Sciences Judaism Nature Technology Writing & Publishing
English (US)
  • PhD, Sociocultural Anthropology, UC Santa Barbara 2018
  • Los Angeles Review of Books Publishing Workshop Fellow, 2020
  • MA, Cultural Studies, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 2007

Work experience


Feb, 2019 — Present

I’ve written articles for various publications, with a focus on mycology, including Wired and the LA Review of Books. I edited and contributed to an online series on the psychedelic revival for the Society for Cultural Anthropology; as lead editor, I managed the series from solicitation to copyediting. I’ve been a volunteer editor at the LA Review of Books since August 2020. In the spring of 2021, I was an intern at Melville House where I focused on publicity and editorial.

Dovetail Labs

Nov, 2018 — Feb, 2019 (3 months)

As a researcher and writer, I conducted foundational research on emerging technologies for an industry-leading technology company, including two comprehensive reports and executive summaries, an expert interview, and translation (Hebrew to English). I also wrote short articles for a client-facing blog.

The Exploratorium

Apr, 2018 — Mar, 2020 (almost 2 years)

As an on-call researcher, I conducted observations and user interviews for exhibit prototypes, provided feedback to stakeholders for iterative design testing, completed data entry of results, and edited project reports.


Apr, 2016 — Oct, 2017 (over 1 year)

I conducted research into domestic and international markets for leather-replacement goods, managed nascent social media channels, grew online followings, and wrote PR and branding pieces, heightening the start-up’s public profile and attracting investors.

University of California, Santa Barbara

Oct, 2011 — Sep, 2018 (almost 7 years)

I designed and conducted 2+ years of qualitative research on a dispersed community of do-it-yourself scientists, presented at multiple conferences, wrote a dissertation, and published in an academic anthology, while funded by five-year Chancellor’s Fellowship. I also taught 60-90 students/quarter for four quarters.

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