Michael Dylan Rogers

Michael Dylan Rogers - Editor

Portland, OR, USA

History professor who loves to engage with good ideas.

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Overview

I hold a PhD in history from Cambridge University, and am currently assistant professor of humanities at Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, Oregon.

As an editor I specialize in historical and social-science literature, especially early-career academic publications, theses and dissertations. I also welcome creative assignments that have a historical or philosophical dimension.

My approach to editing is informed by the mentorship I was fortunate enough to receive in the practice of writing, first as an undergraduate at Reed College, and then as a PhD candidate at Cambridge. Throughout my education, my writing has been meticulously reviewed, dissected and, ultimately, vastly improved by some of the world's top scholars. Now I am committed to paying that gift forward through my teaching career, and on a freelance basis through my editing practice.

Whether you are a tenured professor, a graduate student, or simply a writer with something to say, I am ready to work as your collaborator in an all-out effort to achieve your writing goals. That means taking your ideas and your process seriously, but also presenting my own point of view wherever it is warranted. By choosing to work with me, you are choosing that kind of intellectually respectful engagement, alongside professionalism and formal rigor.


SAMPLE TESTIMONIALS

"Thanks to my editor, Michael Dylan Rogers. I've been asking around, and plenty of my colleagues have authored books, but none has received the kind of editorial support that you've given me. I realized it during one of our teleconference meetings when I said, 'Which outline are we working from now?' and you said, 'Oh, I can just tell you the outline . . .' and then you listed each chapter and its content from memory, without even looking at your notes. I thought, This guy knows my book better than I do. When I describe that moment to colleagues, the mixture of disbelief and longing on their faces confirms that I made the right decision in working with you."
—Barbara Sarnecka, Professor of Cognitive Sciences, University of California, Irvine

"I have been working with Michael Rogers for the past two years and it has been an excellent experience. Michael corrected and commented on a number of academic papers I wrote, and most importantly my master's thesis. What I particularly appreciated was that Michael not only corrects your orthography and grammar, but he gives you extremely valuable input about the structure and logic of your paper. Moreover, we always had a Skype session where I could ask questions and he explained to me in detail on which parts I can improve. This was very helpful, and enabled me to improve a lot on my writing skills. Plus, Michael has been super reliable, I could always count on him. I can definitely recommend him for everyone who is looking for highly professional editing and constructive feedback!"
—Dorin Heid, MSc, Copenhagen Business School

"Michael is a gifted editor and an excellent interlocutor. We worked together on my doctoral prospectus, and his suggestions for edits — at both the grammatical and conceptual level — were superb, some of the most fastidious attention to my writing I've ever received. Throughout our collaboration, Michael asked insightful questions, striking a balance between sharing his deep knowledge and making room to help me elaborate my own thoughts. He has an incredible knack for conversations in which he helps you work through your ideas, partnering with you to make those ideas more coherent and, when necessary challenging you to make them more nuanced. I highly recommend him for a project at any stage in its development!"
—Gabriela Salvidea, PhD candidate in English, Stanford University

Languages
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Education & Reference
History
Humanities & Social Sciences
Philosophy
Political Science & Current Affairs

Certifications

  • PhD, History, University of Cambridge, 2016.
  • B.A., History, Reed College, 2008.

Work experience

Assistant Professor

Pacific Northwest College of Art
September, 2016 – Present (almost 4 years)

I teach undergraduate courses that combine my interests in history, philosophy, politics, and the creative practice of writing. These range from broad historical surveys like Ancient Civilizations and Comparative Revolutions, to surveys of political ideas like The History of Democracy and The History of Fascism, to more process-oriented courses like Research for a Creative Practice. My role extends to the supervision of independent studies, thesis research advising, and serving on thesis review boards.

Proofreader

The European Physical Journal
June, 2015 – September, 2017 (over 2 years)

I was an English-language proofreader for this highly regarded physical science journal headquartered in Paris, France. I proofread scientific papers in a range of fields, from nuclear physics to polymers, written by scientists from all over the world for whom English is a second language.

Associate Editor

King's Review Magazine
October, 2012 – June, 2015 (over 2 years)

I conducted interviews, reviewed article submissions, and advised on editorial decision making for this large-format print and online magazine founded and run by graduate students at King’s College, Cambridge University.

Academic Supervisor and Seminar Instructor

Cambridge University
September, 2012 – June, 2015 (over 2 years)

I was responsible for leading small group discussions, assigning essay topics, and giving detailed feedback on essays for third-year politics students, as part of the year-long course Political Philosophy and the History of Political Thought since 1890. I also led seminar-style group discussions on the topic “What is power?” for the Cambridge History Faculty’s undergraduate capstone course Historical Argument and Practice.

Portfolio (3 selected works)

The Writing Workshop: Write More, Write Better, Be Happier in Academia

Barbara W Sarnecka

Research is all about writing, but most PhD programs don't teach students how to produce the writing needed to get a PhD, publish research, or win fellowships and grants. Plus, the academic environment can feel as cold and harsh as the South Pole. But just as penguins form social huddles to survive the Antarctic winter, researchers can form writing groups to help them learn how to write more, ... read more

Research is all about writing, but most PhD programs don't teach students how to produce the writing needed to get a PhD, publish research, or win fellowships and grants. Plus, the academic environment can feel as cold and harsh as the South Pole. But just as penguins form social huddles to survive the Antarctic winter, researchers can form writing groups to help them learn how to write more, ... read more

The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspectives

Traditional explorations of war look through the lens of history and military science, focusing on big events, big battles, and big generals. By contrast, The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspective views war through the lens of the social sciences, looking at the causes, processes and effects of war and drawing from a vast group of fields such as communication and mass media, eco... read more

Traditional explorations of war look through the lens of history and military science, focusing on big events, big battles, and big generals. By contrast, The SAGE Encyclopedia of War: Social Science Perspective views war through the lens of the social sciences, looking at the causes, processes and effects of war and drawing from a vast group of fields such as communication and mass media, eco... read more

The EduCoach Survival Guide

Deacon, Lindsay, Harkness, Angela Scotto, Rogers, Michael Dylan, Solar, Tabitha Ivy, Knight, Dr. Jim

Michael has 2 reviews

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Communication & Punctuality
Communication & Punctuality

Lindsay Deacon
Holy moly - we feel so incredibly lucky to have met Michael! He provided an incredibly in-depth editorial assessment of our book on a very short timeline, and then facilitated a walkthrough of the assessment that seriously helped us gain clarity in our project. We were re-inspired to make changes (big and small) to our book, and we can’t wait to collaborate more.

Lindsay Deacon, January 2020

Michael Dylan Rogers
I've really enjoyed working with you too, Lindsay! Excited to continue our collaboration.

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Barbara Sarnecka
Michael is a *great* editor. I enjoyed working with him so much that after our work on my book was finished, I invited him to co-author a chapter for another book with me and my grad students. Here's what I put in my book's acknowledgements: "Thanks to my editor, Michael Dylan Rogers. I’ve been asking around, and plenty of my colleagues have authored books, but none has received the kind of...
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Barbara Sarnecka, September 2019

Michael Dylan Rogers
It's a privilege and a joy to work with you, Barbara. Looking forward to next steps on that chapter!

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