About Scholaris

Thanks for visiting my site. Below you can learn about my professional background, academic background, and how Scholaris helps you succeed.

How I Help You Reach Your Goals

After directing a Center for Latin American Studies, teaching at American and Middle Eastern universities, publishing widely in a second language, and collaborating over decades with international scholars, I founded Scholaris to help academics publish their research in English. I offer an exceptionally professional, personalized, and supportive service.

Scholaris has helped hundreds of graduate students and faculty at dozens of American and international universities successfully prepare dissertations and theses, articles and books for publication, and Job Market papers. Although I edit broadly, I specialize in the social sciences, including economics writing.

Click below to see the list of universities & institution’s I’ve served.

List of Universities & Institutions I've Served

My clients include faculty, graduate students, post-docs, & researchers at some of the top schools in Asia:

China: Tsinghau U, Renmin U, Xiamen U, Guizhou U, University of International Business and Economics, City University of Hong Kong; China University of Petroleum—Beijing; China Pharmaceutical University; Huazhong University of Science & Technology

South Korea: Seoul National University, Kyung Hee University, Korean Institute of Public Finance, Korea Information Society Development Institute, Inha University, Hosei University, Ajou University

Japan: Tokyo U, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Soka University Nagoya U, Hitotsubashi University

Singapore: Singapore Management University

My clients also include graduate students, post-docs, researchers, & faculty at dozens of prestigious institutions worldwide, including:

United States: Carnegie Mellon, CalTech, MIT Clemson, Duke, NYU, Ohio State, North Dakota State, Pennsylvania State, Princeton, University of Arizona, UCLA, University of Chicago, University of Florida, Washington University in St. Louis, and Yale

Additional top universities and research institutes in Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan, Thailand, and Europe.

My service is not limited to these universities. If you have a manuscript, simply email me at info@scholarisediting.com, and we can discuss how I can be of service to you.

My Background

Setting the Standard for Academic Editing

Professional Background

  • Ph.D. (1994) and M.Phil. (1987) from Yale University. Cornell B.A.
  • Professor, analyst, and administrator (Department of Anthropology; Director, Center for Latin American Studies), The Ohio State University, 1997-2011.
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Damascus, Syria, 2006
  • Faculty, University of Minnesota. 1996-1997.
  • Mellon Foundation Postdoc in Human Demography, Pennsylvania State University. 1995-1996.
  • Fulbright Scholar (Guatemala, 1989-90), Dumbarton Oaks Scholar (Washington, DC, 1992-93)
  • Four decades of research experience in Central and South America
  • Scientist and Director of Emissions Trading Project, Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies, Guatemala, 2011-2015

Editing and Reviewing Experience

  • 9 years professional editing experience
  • Editorial board of a major American academic journal (Demography)
  • Peer reviewer for five academic journals: American Anthropologist, Current Anthropology, Demography, Journal of Archaeological Science, Ancient Mesoamerica, Latin American Antiquity
  • Reviewer for two academic book publishers: University of Pennsylvania Press and Harcourt Brace Publishers
  •  Freelance editor for Smithsonian Institution Press. 1992-94
  • 30 years of experience writing and reviewing dissertations, theses, grant proposals, and journal articles in the United States, Latin America, and the Middle East • Founded Scholaris Academic Editing, 2015

Writing and Publication Record

  • 30 publications in peer-reviewed journals (including Nature) and books.
  • Oversaw or participated in the evaluation of 20+ dissertations and Master’s theses as well as honors theses
  • Author of 24 grant proposals to the US federal government (National Science Foundation, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Education), Mellon Foundation, Yale University, private foundations and granting agencies.
  • Author of 12 technical reports for United Nations and federal governments of Guatemala and El Salvador
  • Co-author of 10 publications with international scholars and graduate students
  • View my Academia.edu publication page here

What this Means for You

My broad disciplinary background and publication record (in anthropology, environmental studies, demography, paleoecology, and agriculture) enables me to rapidly comprehend and edit in a wide range of fields in the social, life, and physical sciences. I am proficient in a variety of editing styles. With extensive research, travel, and living abroad experience in Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia, I am accustomed to working with international professionals and students.

Years of experience Writing and Editing Papers:


Professors and Students Helped:


Domestic Universities Served:


Foreign Universities Served:


Offering Editing For:


Manuscripts for publication

Job Market papers



Conference abstracts

Academic job application documents

Dissertation prospectus


Trusted by Academic Professionals from the Best Universities – Worldwide 


Renmin University, China

Kyung Hee University, South Korea

London School of Economics, England

Soka University, Japan


Harvard University

University of Virginia

Columbia University

University of Wisconsin

University of Chicago


Ohio State University

Stanford University 

Vanderbilt University

University of Michigan


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the editing process?

The editing process involves three simple steps. First, you send me the final draft of your manuscript by email. I look it over and send you an estimate of the cost (accurate to within a couple of hours); the estimate includes a sample of edited text from your manuscript. Second, if you decide to proceed, I edit your manuscript and send you a PayPal invoice for the completed work. Third, after receiving your payment, I send you your edited manuscript by email. Working together, we complete the process by making final corrections and revisions as needed—for example, rephrasing sentences that I do not understand. In your edited manuscript all edits are clearly marked; comments, suggestions for improvement, and tips about grammar and punctuation are posted in your text; and a separate document provides a detailed description of your edit.

What file formats do you Accept?

I accept Word and pdf files. Note that LaTex and Tex files should be submitted as pdfs.  Please submit all manuscripts as email attachments

What methods of payment do you accept?

I prefer PayPal payments, which have two major advantages. First, PayPal payments are quick, easy, and require only a credit card. Second, when you pay with PayPal you retain the privacy of your credit card information. That confidential information is not shared with Scholaris Academic Editing

What is the cost of editing a 20,000-to-30,000 word paper?

This depends on the English-language fluency and writing skills of the author. Because these skills can vary widely (some texts need only a little editing, others need more), I ask each client to send me the final draft of his or her manuscript so that I can review it. Shortly thereafter, you receive both an estimate and an editing sample from your manuscript.

What are your qualifications as an editor?

Please see the section “My Background” to view my qualifications.

Privacy and Confidentiality

The privacy of our clients is of paramount importance to Scholaris Editing. All manuscripts submitted for editing are held in the strictest confidence.


“Thank you so much for your meticulous edits. Your help really makes a difference!”

Graduate Student, Columbia University

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