Paul Franz

Paul Franz – Editor

I edit books and essays on politics and philosophy. A former magazine editor, trained in Classics, I can help you reach varied audiences.


I’m an experienced editor working with academic projects, literary journalism, and crossover projects bringing scholarly research to a general audience. Working with writers to develop their voice and ideas is what I love about editing. I have taught writing at Yale and The Cooper Union, among others, and I always explain my edits and suggestions to help you strengthen your writing ability.

I have edited for large research projects at the University of Toronto, the Leo Strauss Center at the University of Chicago, as well as for private clients. I have served on the editorial boards of several literary magazines. At the Yale Review, a leading US quarterly of arts and ideas, I rose from the rank of Adjunct Editor to Senior Editor, in which role I commissioned and developed non-fiction essays and reviews for a broad readership. Since 2008, I have worked as a freelance editor for clients both inside and outside of academia, including junior academics and distinguished senior scholars.

My services come in two varieties. As a copy editor and proofreader, I tackle issues that have an objectively right or wrong answer. (A sentence is grammatical or it is not; a bibliography is formatted according to the publisher's specifications or it is not.) As a stylistic and developmental editor, I address more nuanced issues, engaging with your style and taking deep dives into argumentation and structure.

Whatever service I am providing, I take pride in delivering punctual service of the highest quality. Working with writers who have English as a second language is a particular source of joy.

Hire me to put your best foot forward!

Philosophy Political Science & Current Affairs
English (US)

Work experience


Mar, 2022 — Present

Editing for Scholars provides proofreading, copy editing, and developmental editing for article- and book-length projects across the Humanities and Social Sciences. We thrive on building long-term relationships with our clients and are committed to helping you find your voice and present your hard-won expertise in its best light.

The Yale Review

Jan, 2016 — Jun, 2022 (over 6 years)

The Yale Review is a leading US quarterly of arts and ideas. During my time there, I rose from the rank of adjunct to senior editor, commissioning and developing nonfiction writing and criticism for a general audience.

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