Katherine Harper, Ph.D.

Books and Book Chapters Edited to Date

No matter how fine a piece of writing is at the start, it becomes better after review by a professional editor. Let me look over your brochure, grant proposal, book, or direct mail piece. My suggested edits will tighten your sentences and make your phrasing smoother and more expressive. Editorial work is the best possible investment you can make in your creation.


Over the years, I have improved the text of a variety of printed and electronic materials, among them magazine and journal articles, instruction manuals, posters, product packaging, grant proposals, menus, brochures, direct mail pieces, annual reports, résumés and CVs, headlines, captions, reviews, catalogs, book jackets, creative works, advertisements, event programs, newsletters, signage, correspondence, press releases, industrial film scripts, capsule descriptions, speeches, sales copy, web pages, blog posts, PowerPoint slides, and conference proceedings.


But by far the greatest percentage of my time is spent on books. Below is a list of all the full volumes and chapters I have edited to date. As you'll notice, they cover a wide range of topics—Carlsbad Caverns, extreme sports, Virginia Woolf, dogs in medieval artwork, slang and jargon, the foie gras controversy, and on and on. I never know what the next assignment will bring!

Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English
For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America
The Collected Letters of Charles Olson and J. H. Prynne
English Gothic Misericord Carvings: History from the Bottom Up
Manifestos and Polemics in Latin American Modern Art
Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff
Our Dogs, Our Selves: Dogs in Medieval and Early Modern Art, Literature, and Society
Underground Ranger: Adventures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Other Remarkable Places
Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food
If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right
Why Would Anyone Do That?: Lifestyle Sport in the Twenty-First Century
The Scientist's Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career
Cultural Politics of Translation: East Africa in a Global Context
Everyday Piety: Islam and Economy in Jordan
Wounded Cities: The Representation of Urban Disasters in European Art
From England to France: Felony and Exile in the High Middle Ages
J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy
Europe Since 1989: A History
Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance in America, 1862-1920
Mortal Dilemmas: What You Need to Know About Dying Before You Are Dying

Molly Hite. Woolf's Ambiguities: Tonal Modernism, Narrative Strategy, Feminist Precursors. Cornell UP, 2017.


Tamara Massong. 60 Short Hikes in the Sandia Foothills. U of New Mexico P, 2017.

Éloi Laurent. Measuring Tomorrow: Accounting for Well-Being, Resilience, and Sustainability in the Twenty-First Century. Princeton UP, 2017.


Janet Sorensen. Strange Vernaculars: How Eighteenth-Century Slang, Cant, Provincial Languages, and Nautical Jargon Became English. Princeton UP, 2017.

Charles Dorn. For the Common Good: A New History of Higher Education in America. Cornell UP, 2017.

Ryan Dobran, ed. The Collected Letters of Charles Olson and J. H. Prynne. U of New Mexico P, 2017.

Betsy Chunko-Dominguez. English Gothic Misericord Carvings: History from the Bottom Up. Brill, 2017.

Patrick Frank, ed. Manifestos and Polemics in Latin American Modern Art. U of New Mexico P, 2017.

Edward J. Balleisen. Fraud: An American History from Barnum to Madoff. Princeton UP, 2017.

Laura D. Gelfand, ed. Our Dogs, Our Selves: Dogs in Medieval and Early Modern Art, Literature, and Society. Brill, 2016.

Doug Thompson. Underground Ranger: Adventures in Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Other Remarkable Places. U of New Mexico P, 2016.

Michaela DeSoucey. Contested Tastes: Foie Gras and the Politics of Food. Princeton UP, 2016.

Christopher Douglas. If God Meant to Interfere: American Literature and the Rise of the Christian Right. Cornell UP, 2016.

Stephen B. Heard. The Scientist’s Guide to Writing: How to Write More Easily and Effectively Throughout Your Scientific Career. Princeton UP, 2016.

Stephen C. Poulson. Why Would Anyone Do That?: Lifestyle Sport in the Twenty-First Century. Rutgers UP, 2016.

Alamin M. Mazrui. Cultural Politics of Translation: East Africa in a Global Context. Routledge, 2016. (pre-submission edit)

Sarah A. Tobin. Everyday Piety: Islam and Economy in Jordan. Cornell UP, 2016.

Marco Folin and Monica Preti, eds. Wounded Cities: The Representation of Urban Disasters in European Art of the Fourteenth to Twentieth Centuries. Brill, 2015.

William Chester Jordan. From England to France: Felony and Exile in the High Middle Ages. Princeton UP, 2015.

Deke Parsons. J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert E. Howard and the Birth of Modern Fantasy. McFarland, 2014.

Philipp Ther. Europe since 1989. (English translation of Die neue Ordnung auf dem alten Kontinent: eine Geschichte des neoliberalen Europa.) Princeton UP, 2016.

Kerry Segrave. Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance in America, 1862–1920. McFarland, 2014.

Susan Oehler Herrick. “Strategies and Opportunities in the Education Sector for Applied Ethnomusicology.” Chapter in The Oxford Handbook of Applied Ethnomusicology. Eds. Svanibor Pettan and Jeff Todd Titon. Oxford UP, 2015.

Sheryl Buckley, M.D. Mortal Dilemmas: What You Need to Know About Dying Before You Are Dying. Sheryl L. Buckley, 2013.

Ryszard Legutko. The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies. (English translation of Triumf człowieka pospolitego.) Encounter, 2016.

Sarah Blick and John Pepple, eds. Intrepid Witness to History: Essays in Honor of Boris Blick. Authorhouse, 2008.

Cynthia Owen Philip. Wilderstein and the Suckleys: A Hudson River Legacy. MacPherson, 2001.

Thesis and Dissertation Handbook, fourth edition. The Graduate College of Bowling Green State University, 1998. Also Web version.

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