Carolyn Elerding at Sophia Editing, LLC

Let’s work together to transform your writing project into a publication.

I’m Carolyn Elerding, PhD, and my freelance business is called Sophia Editing. I am a former assistant professor (tenure-track) of women’s studies, and I have also worked as a managing editor at a university press. I’ve worked hard to become the editor I wish to see in the world. For rates, project list, or resume, contact me at!

Your research and criticism deserve the highest-quality presentation regardless of the pressures of caregiving, teaching, or working multiple jobs. Let Sophia Editing support you, whatever you do with your hard-earned credentials! Whether you need a conceptual sounding board, organizational advice, line editing, or proofreading, together we can develop a customized plan that serves your priorities as well as your schedule and budget.

Editing and Business Philosophy:

My business is organized in accordance with feminist, anti-racist, and queer values, as well as trauma-awareness. I offer reasonable rates and a reparations-based sliding fee scale. Adjuncts receive an automatic 25% discount.

My editorial philosophy is process-oriented and acknowledges that each writer works differently and that every text involves power relations. Just as no editor’s perspective is universal, clients’ differences are respected and each text engaged with on its own terms.

About Me:

An award-winning writer and former tenure-track professor, I have been supporting fellow writers for more than sixteen years. As an undergraduate and graduate student, I worked in writing centers as a tutor/consultant and led dissertation-writing groups. I have taught numerous university-level writing classes, coedited special issues of scholarly journals, and provided academic peer review. I have written for the popular press in journalism venues such as Ms. Magazine and The Real News Network.

My scholarly expertise is deeply interdisciplinary, with specializations including:

  • cultural studies
  • critical theory
  • feminist, queer, and anti-racist studies
  • cinema and media studies
  • science and technology studies
  • humanities and humanistic social sciences
  • arts (particularly music, both popular and classical, including notation)

I am trained and experienced in developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading in a variety of styles. I focus mainly on Chicago and MLA.

I do not work on student assignments such as essays, term papers, or theses.

member, Editorial Freelancers Association, ACES, the Society for Editing


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