Kristin Purdy

Kristin Purdy – Editor

Nearly ten years' experience in academic publishing. Two degrees from Oxford University and, yes, it looks just like Harry Potter.


I am an experienced academic editor in the humanities and social sciences. I have an extensive background in acquiring monographs, edited collections, handbooks and other reference works, as well as crossover trade titles for a number of academic publishers in the US and Europe. My former employers include Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Routledge.

I am always looking for well-crafted, thoughtful, engaging narratives that are well-researched and insightful. I especially love working with first-time authors. I specialize in reviewing proposal materials and editorial assessements of manuscript projects and I am eager to help you find a great home for your academic title. I am also available for proofreading and manuscript development.
Education & Reference History Humanities & Social Sciences Political Science & Current Affairs Writing & Publishing
English (US)

Work experience


Jul, 2016 — Present

I am a freelance editor for manuscripts and proposals from academic authors across the humanities, social sciences, and STEM fields.

Routledge, Taylor and Francis

Jun, 2016 — Apr, 2017 (10 months)

Digging through archives! Looking through gems of primary source historical material for researchers and students.

Palgrave Macmillan

Jun, 2014 — Jul, 2016 (about 2 years)

At Palgrave, I was the New York-based history editor. I acquired across a range of subdisciplines in history, including American, transnational, the history of science and technology, and history and area studies.

Springer Science and Business Media

Nov, 2013 — Jun, 2014 (7 months)

At Springer, I acquired mathematics and statistics titles and learned more about harmonic analysis than I ever expected. And it's really interesting too!

Cambridge University Press

Oct, 2011 — Nov, 2013 (about 2 years)

I was the assistant to the brilliant and inimitable Scott Parris, executive editor for Cambridge's economics list. I learned from the best here to assess and refine fantastic academic work.


This book examines the deep roots of racism in the mental health system. Suman Fernando weaves the histories of racial discourse and clinical practice into a narrative of power, knowledge, and black suffering in an ostensibly progressive and scientifically gro... read more
This book considers if and how oral history is ‘best practice’ for education. International scholars, practitioners, and teachers consider conceptual approaches, methodological limitations, and pedagogical possibilities of oral history education. These experts... read more
This book shows how modern Brooklyn’s proud urban identity as an arts-friendly community originated in the mid nineteenth century. Before and after the Civil War, Brooklyn’s elite, many engaged in Atlantic trade, established more than a dozen cultural societie... read more
This collection presents diverse scholarly approaches to oral narratives in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking worlds. Eleven essays, originally written in Spanish, Portuguese, and English, coalesce around major themes that have long concerned oral historians... read more
This wide-ranging volume presents the most complete appraisal of modern African history to date. It assembles dozens of new and established scholars to tackle the questions and subjects that define the field, ranging from the economy, the two world wars, natio... read more
This book explores the relationship between cities and their commercial airports. These vital transportation facilities are locally owned and managed and civic leaders and boosters have made them central to often expansive economic development dreams, includin... read more
The close diplomatic, economic, and military ties that comprising the "special relationship" between the United States and Great Britain have received plenty of attention from historians over the years. Less frequently noted are the countries' shared experienc... read more
Of Shakespeare’s thirty-seven plays, fifteen include queens. This collection gives these characters their due as powerful early modern women and agents of change, bringing together new perspectives from scholars of literature, history, theater, and the fine ar... read more
This is the first book-length study of the award-winning historical drama The Tudors. In this volume twenty distinguished scholars separate documented history, plausible invention, and outright fantasy in a lively series of scholarly, but accessible and engagi... read more
The success of the polio vaccine was a remarkable breakthrough for medical science, effectively eradicating a dreaded childhood disease. It was also the largest medical experiment to use American schoolchildren. Richard J. Altenbaugh examines an uneasy conundr... read more
In the spring of 1989, millions of citizens across China took to the streets in a nationwide uprising against government corruption and authoritarian rule. What began with widespread hope for political reform ended with the People's Liberation Army firing on u... read more
This edited collection opens new ways to look at queenship in areas and countries not usually studied and reflects the increasingly interdisciplinary work and geographic range of the field. This book is a forerunner in queenship and re-invents the reputations ... read more
This collection addresses royal motherhood across Europe, from both the medieval and Early Modern periods, including (in)famous and not-so-famous royal mothers. The essays in this collection reveal the complexities and the subtleties inherent in the role of ro... read more
Once the United States landed on the moon in July 1969, it was up to President Nixon to decide what to do in space after Apollo. This book chronicles the decisions he made, including ending space exploration and approving the space shuttle. Those decisions det... read more

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