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About Janet Keller Editing

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Editors Janet Dixon Keller, Katharine Wiegele, and Stephanie Aleman have over 50 years of experience as hands-on developmental editors. Janet’s background includes extended terms as Editor-in-Chief at two international journals (The American Anthropologist and Ethos), three decades in bringing student work to fruition, a term as editor of a University of Illinois Press book series, collaborative grant writing, and team-based production of administrative documents. With a career as professor of anthropology for 36 years Janet also has a record of scholarly works and editing in her own field including books, articles, and museum exhibits.

Katharine is an author and anthropologist with years of editorial experience with various publications including Politics and the Life SciencesJournal of the American Oil Chemists’ SocietyDaily Illini, and others. She has written successful grant proposals and grant reports for major funding agencies including Fulbright, the U.S. Department of State, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation. Her book, Investing in Miracles: El Shaddai and the Transformation of Popular Catholicism in the Philippines, published in the United States and the Philippines, won a National Book Award in the Philippines (Manilla Critics Circle and National Book Development Board). Katharine is also currently teaching at Northern Illinois University.

Stephanie’s background includes a term as editor-in-chief for the academic journal TIPITI of the Society for the Anthropology of Lowland South America, several years as editorial assistant for the journal Ethnohistory, and several years copyediting for the University of Wisconsin Press. Stephanie has also worked with various academic presses on her own publications and as co-editor on edited volumes containing a variety of contributions from multiple authors. She has written successful grant proposals for the National Science Foundation, including lengthy research summaries on collaborative projects and has extensive experience as a university professor, working with Master’s and Ph.D. candidates on writing drafts and presentation of theses.

Lead editor Keller’s expertise encompasses the social, cognitive, and biological sciences while extending to the humanities and to administrative and policy documentation. Katharine’s expertise is focused in the social sciences and humanities including grant writing. Stephanie specializes in the fields of anthropology (cultural and archaeology), botany, cultural ecology, and ethnohistory, with other specializations in religion and spirituality, gender studies and global approaches to health and illness. She can assist authors at all stages of the writing process, with an emphasis on developmental editing. Other members of the editorial team add other particular specialized expertise and can be incorporated into projects as best suited to particular work.

Janet, Katharine, and Stephanie have extensive experience with both commercial and academic presses in the United States and beyond including University of California Press, Wiley Blackwell, Cambridge University Press, University of Illinois Press, University of Hawaii Press, McGraw Hill Education, and Crawford Publishing, Australia. Work edited by JKAE appears regularly in a diverse range of publications, presses, and fields.

All of the editors have worked extensively with native English speakers and conceptual editing for non-native English speakers is a specialty.

If you are ready to share a scholarly or literary contribution or a photographic essay with text and want to hone your vision and put the final polish on your work, we are ready to offer you experienced, thoughtful, and engaged dialogic editing.