Michelle Newhart

Michelle Newhart – Editor

PhD social scientist and innovative thinker with nearly two decades of editing and publishing experience on nonfiction books and textbooks.


I am an editor with twenty years of experience in developmental editing, copy editing, and content development. I hold a PHD in sociology and am a textbook author in social science research methods. As an advanced subject matter expert in the social sciences, I have broad knowledge of theory and a special focus on health, culture, and methodology. Most of my work as an editor has been spent developing nonfiction books across a wide spectrum of genres that encompasses edgy pop culture books, lifestyle how-to books, academic social science crossover titles, and highly complex college textbooks in the social and behavioral sciences. I have worked in-house for Rowman & Littlefield, Quick Trading, and Cengage Learning.

As a freelancer, I have also developed fiction books in the humor, young adult, and adult literary genres. Having trained and worked as a college professor and instructional designer for college course development, I understand how to develop content that appeals to adult learners. I also have experience creating innovative learning materials such as digital courses, interactive and video course activities, and ancillaries such as question banks and slide decks. I have reviewed books for SAGE, Routledge, Westview Press, Oxford, W.W. Norton, and Pine Forge Press.

I've had my nose in a book since I was able to read. Books are my passion, my vocation, my obsession, and my hobby. I love to help authors create the best version of their ideas and I've spent over 20 years building the skills needed to do just that. I live near the San Gabriel mountains in southern California with my husband, stepsons, and dogs. My husband is also an editor and writer, and we enjoy road cycling together as a family.

Education & Reference Entertainment Health & Wellbeing Home & Garden Psychology Sociology Writing & Publishing
English (US)
  • 2020 Donald W. Light Award for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology (Medical Sociological section of the American Sociological Association)
  • Publishing
  • College Teaching
  • Online Teaching

Work experience

Mt. San Antonio College

Jun, 2015 — Present

Develop content and assessments across the curriculum; work with many education technology tools; train faculty online and in person; create templates and content for professors; run faculty and student surveys and collect qualitative data on various topics related to technology and learning to identify needs and gaps; create high quality learning experiences by using technology well and creating compelling rich content.

Cengage Learning

Sep, 2013 — Jun, 2015 (over 1 year)

Develop content for top-selling psychology and anthropology projects in digital and print media. Work closely with authors, freelancers, and internal teams for graphics, permissions, acquisitions, and marketing to deliver well designed and compelling learning experiences.

University of Colorado- Boulder

Aug, 2006 — May, 2013 (over 6 years)

Taught undergraduate sociology courses ranging in size from 5 to 75 students at the University of Colorado at Boulder, offering a survey of major topics in the discipline.


Jan, 2002 — Present

Together with my husband William Dolphin, we offer professional writing and editing services that have focused primarily (but not exclusively) on nonfiction books and website content development. Our repertoire leans toward the academic but includes technical and legal communications, informational campaigns and newsletters, and pop culture entertainment.


Medical marijuana laws have spread across the U.S. to all but a handful of states. Yet, eighty years of social stigma and federal prohibition creates dilemmas for patients who participate in state programs. The Medicalization of Marijuana takes the first compr... read more
A perennial bestseller since 1997, this updated tenth edition of Understanding Research Methods provides a detailed overview of all the important concepts traditionally covered in a research methods class. It covers the principles of both qualitative and quant... read more
This third volume of everyone's favorite marijuana resource book by the renowned Ed Rosenthal promises to follow in its predecessor's tradition and offer gardeners or connoisseurs the crucial information they want to know. Big Book of Buds brings together a tr... read more
The Big Book of Buds Volume 2 continues in the tradition of its predecessor by combining stunning, full-color photography with fun and clear descriptions of the characteristics that any gardener or connoisseur wants to know. With no strains repeated from Volum... read more
DJ Short’s essays on the craft of indoor cannabis cultivation show how any hobbyist can refine gardening technique and achieve mastery.DJ Short is a celebrated breeder whose collection of seed strains has received international recognition for their premier qu... read more
This book shows the reader how to grow a low-maintenance indoor marijuana garden. Easy-to-follow instructions allow the novice to harvest a quality crop with minimal knowledge or experience.
From the perspective of village activists across China, this book tells the stories of farmers and rural laborers who raised the banner of opposition to constitutional reform during the first decade of the twentieth century. The author brings to life the stori... read more
Marijuana hit mainstream America over 30 years ago and has been accepted by a large segment of society ever since. Despite government efforts to isolate and eliminate its use, it is more popular now than ever. Why Marijuana Should Be Legal analyzes the effects... read more
This full-color guide showcases the diversity of cannabis varieties. Stunning close-ups from the world’s great breeders are accompanied by concise information about growing characteristics and bud quality. Engaging essays offer insights into marijuana’s specia... read more
Although his story has been told countless times--by performers from Ma Rainey, Cab Calloway, and the Isley Brothers to Ike and Tina Turner, James Brown, and Taj Mahal--no one seems to know who Stagolee really is. Stack Lee? Stagger Lee? He has gone by all the... read more
In this thrilling climax to the multiple-prize-winning Will to Conquer trilogy (Bk. 1, The Crouching Dragon, Bk. 2, The Raging Dragon), French teens Willi and Louise serve in the 60s Kennedy White House, fly daring rescue missions during the American Civil Rig... read more
NOTE: Access Code is NOT INCLUDED with this book Psychology is evolving into an integrative, multidisciplinary field, and this innovative book offers an opportunity to learn about it. Authors John Cacioppo and Laura Freberg highlight connections within psychol... read more
INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY: GATEWAYS TO MIND AND BEHAVIOR, 14th Edition attracts and holds the attention of even difficult-to-reach students. The book's hallmark continues to be its pioneering integration of the proven-effective SQ4R learning system (Survey, Q... read more
PSYCHOLOGY: THEMES AND VARIATIONS, 10th Edition, is a fusion of the full-length and briefer versions that preceded it. The text continues to offer a superb thematic organization together with practical applications and examples that help students see beyond re... read more

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